Rangefinder Binoculars are special binoculars that combine the functions of a binocular, telescope and infrared sensor, with a maximum range of 100 kilometers and magnification of 400x. The magnification and focus can be adjusted by two controls, allowing an individual to see anything out to the horizon on a clear day. It can measure the distance to any object by use of a tiny infrared laser and display that information, along with wind direction and speed, temperature and light levels, all at the push of a button. Night vision circuitry allows the user to see in the dark while an infrared scanner can pick up concealed heat signatures. At twenty-five meters the binoculars can pick out a rodent's body heat or the footsteps left behind by a human within the last ten minutes. Human-sized heat sources can be picked up at a range of one kilometer, while an active BattleMech can be spotted at ten kilometers or more, depending on the weather and heat status. While durable, the binoculars' microelectronics are difficult to adjust or repair, limiting their use.
- Item: Rangefinder Binoculars
- Equipment Ratings: D/A-C-B/A
- Cost: 200
- Affilation: None
- Mass: 500g
- Power use: 0.1 Power Points per hour
- MechWarrior, First Edition, p. 53, "Personal Equipment - Rangefinder Binoculars"
- Classic BattleTech RPG, p. 149, "Rangefinder Binoculars"
- A Time of War, p. 304, "Optics - Table"