Cross man; very good advice. One thing I will add... the 3.5 x 10 x 44 is much better than the 3 x 9 model on the conquest. One poster said use only 50mm obj. Remember this will require higher rings in most cases and a higher cheek position.I would take a better quality 40-44mm than a lesser optical quality in a 50mm.any time. Like my vx3 50mm.though.Cover your lenses when not in use,and get a lensepen to keep them clean.Not a paper towel or shirt tail.