I recently bought the Astro as a back up to keep in my car but quickly realized that I will want to test it as a regular, around the camp light; I found the power and width of the beam to be more than high enough for close up work without that annoying tunnel vision that comes with tighter beams. Even though it doesn't have a red LED for conserving your night vision, it has mode memory; if you turn it off at the lowest level, it will turn on at that same low level the next time. User interface is simple enough. Battery life seems quite good. I would have liked to see a glow in the dark switch and a softer, less defined edge of the beam. A retractable wire/headband as I have seen on another brand would be very practical if you don’t like keeping a light on your head all the time but in your pant pocket where you can quickly get to it.