This is one of the neatest little purchases I've ever made. Compact and powerful, I've used it on hikes, and often break it out when I'm driving in the country. Used it to spot wild horses, big horn sheep, antelope, and coyotes in the Steens High Desert country of E. Oregon. Don't expect to get up to 30X freehand (but who's really gonna bring a tripod for this little thing?), but its great to about 20, which is all I need. Bottom line: great fun for the price.