stereoscopic rangefinder

stereoscopic rangefinder

[¦ster·ē·ə¦skäp·ik ′rānj‚fīn·dər]
(optics)
An optical rangefinder which utilizes stereoscopic vision; it is essentially a large binoculars fitted with special reticles which allow a skilled user to superimpose the stereoscopic image formed by the pair of reticles over the images of the target seen in the eyepieces, so that the correct range is obtained when the reticle marks appear to be suspended over the target and at the same apparent distance. Also known as stereo rangefinder; stereoscopic heightfinder.