I had the Kowa 554 for a season, I liked it until I needed that extra little umph at last light glassing a couple big bucks. Immediately sold it when I got home and went to the STM 65HD w/ 25-50x wide angle eye piece. This setup solved my issue that I had w/ the Kowa. The STM 65 setup is about 45oz all in.
This new STC is tempting to try to push the limit again on weight, but for a 11oz savings, will it do what I ask of it when I need it most? Would love to see clarity and low light comparisons btwn the STS/STM 65HD w 25-50x eyepiece at 40x vs the STC. If the STC has dramatically increased clarity and better FOV, it could be worth it. If not then I think for 11oz more I would still take the STM for extra light when I need it.
Can’t wait to see your review [mention]robby denning [/mention]!
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Very interested in this test case as well.