During the recent disappearance of the Malaysian Flight 370 high-tech binoculars were employed in search for the flight. The Malaysian Flight 370 is an international news story. Governments from Australia to the US joined the search. Planes, satellites, cameras, and a whole slew of technology and technological devices were employed to look for both the plan and/or debris. Quickly, though, many searchers on the ground and at sea found that one piece of search equipment was invaluable: binoculars.
Why They Chose Binoculars
Binoculars were readily available and affordable. Best of all, anyone helping with the search could quickly and easily learn how to use them. New advances in binocular tech made them even more valuable than in other searches.
Another reason binoculars were essential was because of the bad weather that hindered the search attempts. Using high-tech marine binoculars meant that in even the worst weather the search could continue. When storms or high winds whipped up on the ocean, these advanced image stabilised binoculars came in handy.
The Image Stabilised Binoculars Used
Binoculars all share the same problem: image shakiness. If you ever held a pair of high magnification binoculars you will know that they can be extremely challenging to stabilise. Especially at sea or on board an aircraft.
This problem was resolved by using a revolutionary type of binoculars. These unique binoculars, utilising image stabilisation technology, allowed the searchers to continue the search even during high seas and stormy conditions.
One specific model of image stabilised binoculars used was the Fujinon 14X40 Techno-Stabi binoculars. These advanced binoculars feature a high magnification yet a completely stabilised image. The Fujinon Techno-Stabi binoculars electronically stabilise images with a press of a button. They are commonly used in Australia by marine professionals and law enforcement agencies. Manufactured by FujiFilm and distributed by Procular they are now available to the general public.
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