Dear Informed Staff,
I currently have a Kowa TS612 scope with a 27x wide lens. Since this is a fine lightweight scope I would like to take it into the field more often. I would like to add a zoom lens. Many birding forums have suggested the Opticron HDF 20-60x zoom. It appears that it screws into the lens cover on the 612. Do you know if the Opticron that you are selling does this?
Also, can you suggest a lightweight tripod for the scope? The tripod would need to fold down to 26" in order to fit into my suitcase, but extend to at least 60" for scoping since the 612 is a straight angle scope and I am 5' 11".Your advice will be appreciated.
Thanks for your inquiry. I don't have a Kowa 612 available to test the fit of the Opticron zoom eyepiece, so I'm sorry to say I can't confirm this for you. Your email is the first I've heard about this possible adaptability. It's unusual but not unheard of for scope bodies and eyepieces from two different manufacturers to be compatible.
Regarding a tripod, I would recommend the Manfrotto 190 Go tripod legs: http://www.eagleoptics.com/tripod-legs/bogen-manfrotto/manfrotto-190go-tripod-leg
The recommended tripod head for this would be the Manfrotto 128RC: http://www.eagleoptics.com/tripod-heads/bogen-manfrotto/bogen-manfrotto-128rc-micro-fluid-tripod-head
If there is anything else we can help you with, just let me know.