This is not the inexpensive 8 - 12 power decorative version made from thin 0.8 mm brass. This telescope has 32-power precision coated optics and is made with dent-resistant heavy 1.2 mm brass. The telescope uses precision ground glass optics and produces a clear 32-power non-inverted image. For many years, mariners have considered 32-power to be the ideal balance between magnification and field of view. A sunshade protects the objective lens from glare. A removable brass cap protects the objective lens when the telescope is not in use. The telescope is mounted on a heavy solid brass casting and a three-legged solid teak tripod base. The maximum height of the telescope is 61" and it can be collapsed to a height of 38". The polished telescope is 43.75" long, 3" dia., has a tube outside dia. of 2.25, and an objective lens dia. of 2". The telescope with tripod weighs 20 lbs. This heavy solid brass telescope is perfect for your office, near a view window, or for celestial observations.