This is going to sound like..No, it is a first world problem. I have a great little Sony camera and one of the few things it lacks is a really powerful zoom. As a sort of workaround, I occasionally try to use telescopes or binoculars. It is really too hard to hold binoculars steady enough but a mounted scope works surprisingly well.
So I had the camera at maximum zoom as it seemed to focus better and the automatic range-finding worked best. At wide-angle, I only got the eyepiece of the scope in focus.
Now, all I need to take great long distance shots is for a mounted, high-quality telescope to be on location.