Quantum Fold Binoculars (QFB)
Size: 15cm x 10cm x 3cm
Mass: 0.3 kg
Duration: 100 hours

Cadets use this device during military exercises and for simulated search and rescue missions. Using technology developed by Starfleet four years ago, the binoculars project a pair of scanning tetryon beams. Trionic sensors read the subspace distortions produced where the beams intersect and determine the structure and composition of any matter within 1 meter of the beam intersection. By adjusting tetryon beam alignment this unit essentially allows the user to view any location within 2 kilometers. Limitations of the beam parallax, combined with the lack of sensitivity in the trionic sensors, prevent this unit from being used to view regions farther than 2 kilometers away.

A simple trackball on the side of the device directs the beams. Using a series of three buttons the operator can move the beam focus in 10 m, 1 m, or even 1 cm increments. Used properly, quantum fold binoculars can display the interior of a locked suitcase, the circuitry inside a control panel, or the contents of a sealed vault 1 kilometer away. Since the unit only allows the user to view objects within 1 meter of the beam focus, careful adjustment of the trackball is required to locate specific objects.

This unit shows only portions of larger objects like shuttlecrafts. It is impossible to pull back the focus of a QFB unit and view a larger area from a distance. Limitations in the trionic sensor array sensitivity allow the unit to view regions with less than 10 meters of solid matter between the user and the beam focus. QFB's cannot see through force fields.

A special tetryon beam modulation in all units issued to Starfleet cadets allows ordinary sensory to detect the scanning beam easily and pinpoint its source. This last feature may discourage cadets attempting to spy upon their fellows. Most cadets use QFB's to locate hidden opponents or victims trapped in simulated avalanches and cave-ins.