The Binoculars are a valuable tool for seeing far into the distance in RUST. You can use it to scope out players’ equipment and bases without putting yourself in harm’s way.
With the Contacts Update, binoculars became even more powerful, as you can use them to identify friendly, enemy, and seen players using the Contact System.
When looking at a player, the binoculars will display a colored pip above other players helping identify whether or not they’re a friend or foe.
As the binoculars are very easy to find in crates, they are typically a player’s best option for reconnoiter before having access to weapons with scopes.
Once you place the binoculars on your hot bar, you can look through them by holding the
Right-Click mouse button.
While looking through the binoculars, you can also
Left-Click to change the zoom level up to three times. The third level of magnification appears to be greater than the magnification of the 8x Zoom Scope.
If you’re struggling to get your hands on Gears in the early game, you can take a chance on recycling binoculars to get your hands on a few.