These are optical devices that enable people to look at images from a far distance and are often used in combat by the military. In addition to being used for combat they are also used for a different other reasons. The military can get them in different configurations and sizes including night vision and rangefinder binoculars. The ones used for personal use are not as rugged as the military ones. In order to make them camouflage ready in many outdoor environments they come in tan, black, or green. Because these can be bought in pocket-sized versions they are perfect to carry on a soldier’s belt harness or in their backpacks.
The rangefinders are a very versatile one as they provide the military with range distance calculation in real-time for their intended target. They are used with some military weapons in order to help the shooter adjust their weapon’s distance to the target. Even hunters like to use the rangefinder to help them determine their shot’s range of fire.
Many of the military binoculars have the capabilities for night vision that are advanced such as using infrared technology in order to help the military magnify objects in the distance in total darkness. This type may be used by a military sniper or to help infantry divisions perform night maneuvers. They are often used by men in the tanks.
In addition to being more durable they are also more expensive and can range from several hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars. One thing that makes them more expensive, other than their durability and infrared technology, is that they have a higher magnification capability making them better quality. Many of the military ones can cover the distance of sixteen hundred yards, or one point forty-six kilometers.
The rugged material they are made from makes them harder to break. To ensure that they will stand up to the rugged treatment the military puts them through they are tested worldwide in some very difficult terrain. There are two qualities that are important in any binoculars, which are being water and anti-fog resistance, which most military versions are. The military ones that are most durable have either a magnification of six or seven times. The reason that they do not have a higher magnification is that they would require a larger package that is bulky and has to have a tripod mount in order to see through them. This makes them harder to carry along with an extra piece of equipment to be transported. Most in the military use the ones that are six-times magnification.