Or mostly obscured by vegetation.I have Meopta 10x42 on a good tripod. I can reliably glass out to 1.5 - 2 miles with that setup, depending on deer vs elk. I can also generally tell if a buck or bull is worth a closer look at that range. 10x42 are best, in my opinion, from about 1/2 mile to 1 mile of a tripod. Not much need for a spotter unless super far distance or big time trophy hunting.