kowa Spotting Scope History 1952-2013


Kowa Brand cherished by outdoor enthusiasts around the world - a testament to quality.

The Electronics & Optics business of Kowa began the production of spotting scopes in 1952. Originally, they were developed as scopes for examining targets in shooting matches and saw offi cial use in the 1964 Olympics Games held in Tokyo. Once discovered by birdwatchers, they gained unexpected popularity which gradually spread throughout the world of nature observation. Kowa Sporting Optics are highly appreciated as it is widely known that their quality and reliability are the result of more than half a century of experience and development. Kowa's larger aperture models enjoy a large market share in Europe and North America.

Based on our experience that optics have to travel and endure all types of adverse environmental conditions, Kowa Sporting Optics are designed to be rugged yet lightweight, without compromising optical performance. The shapes of our products and their protective covers are ergonomically designed to optimize ease of use, and Eco-Glass is utilized in all lenses. Kowa offers a wide variety of products that provide quality optical performance for the outdoor enthusiast.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced professional, Kowa has the right spotting scope or binocular that will exceed your expectations.

The Prominar line which includes models utilizing pure fluorite crystal to achieve optical characteristics unattainable with glass, is the gold standard of serious users.

* Eco-Glass is an environmentally friendly glass that does not contain lead or other harmful substances