Slightly OT you might think BUT, it has a photograhpy based reason behind it. Reason for question: From the back of my house I can see the mountains clearly (probably not mountains by people from the USAs standards, but mountains non the less). I've noticed over the years that when the sun sets, on the odd occasion there is a fantastic lighting effect going over the mountain side covering some houses. Also, it's normally in the winter when it happens a lot, or cold clear mornings at other times of the year. Now, I've figured out that that mountain side is approximately 5 miles away, and not only that, but my dad has said that he has still got his SLR camera stuff (he used to be a semi pro photographer until he took up archery) and a zoom lens that could take photos of that area as if it was only a short distance away "easily". He's said I can borrow this while he's around at christmas time (yay!). Oh, and I can't go up to the mountain to take the photo as I'd need a platform about 600ft in the air So, that's the boring story out the way (you lot still awake?) so here's the question and reason. What sort of binoculars would I need to be able to see 5 miles away if I was wanting a view that was as if I was about 20-30ft away? I've never needed binoculars before, and want to get some ideas using my tripod and binoculars to mark up some shots, so to speak. I've seen some x125 ones for £149 and x150 ones for £299. Now, I've no idea what these magnifications mean in real terms, and I've been searching around for the last few days to no avail. Can anyone here help? I imagine it's a long shot (pardon the pun - oh god that made me laugh to myself ) but I've no idea where to ask! Thanks for any and all help!