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The Binoculars is a piece of basic equipment that the player receives in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Lost Alpha.

Military binoculars made in USRR. It is equipped with stadiametric rangefinder and an independent focus-adjusting mechanism. It's main advantage over foreign competition is the price. The main drawback is the weight.
- Inventory description


  • Provided free at the beginning of the game.
  • Arguably the most useful piece of basic equipment after the Knife.
  • Zoom factor of 7.5x.
  • May be used in conjunction with Night vision accessories.
  • Differentiates NPCs according to their factional attitude (green for friendly, etc.)
  • Determines the location of mutants as well but with only white place markers.
  • Normally auto-attaching and 'undroppable'.
  • Do not degrade with use, nor are they upgradeable in any manner.


  • The parameters for the device are not those listed for "binocular_a" in the devices.ltx file but those in the w_binoc.ltx file.
  • Although 'undroppable' and not normally accessible through inventory, the player may store them accidentally or otherwise in any stash or corpse that will accept items.
  • Unlike the gameplay in the Base Game, Binoculars show up more frequently on dead NPCs, notably on the Mercs in Darkscape.
  • Acquired units may have a value of 199 Ru.
  • You can find one in a corpse of bandit in Old Factory after storyline mission and sell it (Wolf pays 2999 Ru).