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Quite amazing what $500 can get you in a camera these days.   -Obviously no DSLR here.   First the positive - the first weekend of shooting I actually ended up with some pretty fair pics.  I was able to (carefully) hold the camera by hand steady enough to take 60x images.  The rare occoasion when the light was right, these distance shots were pretty good.  

The primary negative (from one weekend of play), huge issues needing more light in most of the shots using over 20x zoom or so.  Lots to learn here.