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In which a character is looking at something in the distance through binoculars, and the viewer is treated to the [[POVCam POV]] of that character. Often "enhanced" by matting the screen with a double-circular frame, supposedly emulating the binocular experience. Indeed, this is so common that the [[RealityIsUnrealistic more correct matting looks weirder]].

More recently, this same shot is used with a matte frame and a tint that is reminiscent of looking through a sniper scope. Another variation has the character using extremely fancy binoculars with data overlays; thus transforming this into a variant of RoboCam. Camcorder viewfinders are also common, for characters shooting video of each other.

It is also common for the viewer to first pan over the viewed object or person and then quickly move back onto viewing it. Sometimes the viewer can't believe what they saw, looks at it ''without'' the binoculars, then looks back at it through them.

Used frequently in ''TheDukesOfHazzard, Series/StarskyAndHutch'', et al.

The most common form is silly, since as long as the binoculars are aligned to the user's eyes correctly, the user sees a single circle through the binoculars, not two overlapping circles. Even if two overlapping circles are seen, they indeed mostly overlap rather than appearing side by side.

Not to be confused with the ScopeSnipe.
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* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, Team Rocket frequently uses high-tech binoculars to spy on the twerps.
* In the ninth episode of ''Anime/SoRaNoWoTo'', this is adverted when a single circle with crosshairs is seen: the [=POV=] is from Kureha's rifle, rather than Kanata's binoculars.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Used in many ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' adventures, e.g. ''The Shooting Star''.

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[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* Used in the TheFilmOfTheBook ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Cleopatra''. Even though the character is holding non-existent binoculars (hey, they haven't been invented yet.)
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'' when we see the POV of someone looking through binoculars and ZOOMING IN, complete with blurring and refocusing, before cutting to reveal Homer's just looking through his hands. And rotating them to activate the zoom effect.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' when the characters look through Lenny the Binoculars. [[FridgeLogic Which is weird since their heads are so small that they can only look through one lens at a time.]] This is also, apparently, the view Lenny always sees.

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[[folder: Film - Live-Action ]]

* Parodied in the ZAZ movie ''Film/TopSecret'': when a character looks at a prison camp through binoculars, a cow in front of it is seen to climb over the double-circle matte.
* The two-overlapping-circles variant was used in the first two ''Film/HarryPotter'' films, both for each movie's Quidditch scene.
* ''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To The Future Part II]]'' when Marty uses binoculars at the dance in 1955 and later when the [=DeLorean=] is flying above Biff's car.
* Spoofed in ''Film/SurfNinjas'', where a guy with an eyepatch looks through one, and it's just one side of the binoculars.
* Used in ''Franchise/StarWars'', albeit adapted to fit the setting -- rather than seeing through regular binoculars, we see through Luke's macrobinoculars.
* Occurs in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
* Used pretty unconvincingly with model shots in ''Beyond Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'', as seen [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Beyond_the_Poseidon_Adventure.aspx?Page=2 here]].
* Used several times in ''Film/RearWindow''.

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* Even ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' used this during a challenge in Season 5, Episode 12, in which racers had to identify the Philippine flag through binoculars. It also toyed with it a bit: as one racer looked through the binoculars with the lens cover still on one side, just one circular frame, offset to one side of the screen, was shown.
* An ep of the Aussie kids' show ''New [=MacDonald's=] Farm'' defied the convention: there's one ep where the characters are on a mock safari, and one of them is looking at the animals (dressed up as wild animals) through a pair of binoculars. The shots used for the binocular shots are matted with a single circle.
* One of the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' skits accompanying ''Catalina Caper'' made fun of the device by having cambot demonstrate a series of mattes, starting with the binocular matte, then progressing to sillier cut-outs.
* The 2008 AcademyAwards featured a comedy bit where, in the event that the Writers' Strike lasted through the awards ceremony, the crew had prepared a series of increasingly asinine montages. One, the Tribute to Binoculars and Periscopes, consisted entirely of these shots from famous movies.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1", Ben communicates via mirror flashes with the other Others. We see the reply as Locke looks through binoculars.
** An earlier episode, "Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1", has two. The first is Kate looking through binoculars at an incoming sailboat, and the second is Sayid looking at the now far-less-mysterious Four-Toed statue, both represented by a double-circular black frame.
* Used accurately in the ''Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee'' miniseries - that is, with only one circle, not two overlapping circles. It also had imperfections in the glass as an added touch.
* The miniseries ''GenerationKill'', which is based on the story of a US Marine Recon unit in Iraq in 2003, uses several forms of these, including the binoculars, rifle/sniper scope, night-vision goggles, and the hand-held video camera. While the series is quite realistic otherwise, they still fall victim to using "two overlapping circles" with the binoculars.
* Parodied in the "DogCity" episode of ''Series/TheJimHensonHour''. From the POV of villain Bugsy Them, we see the two leads through two overlapping circles. Then the camera cuts to a wide shot to reveal that Bugsy isn't looking through binoculars -- he's just holding up a piece of cardboard with two overlapping holes and looking through it.
* On a skit n the ''MST3K'' ''JungleGoddess'' episode. Joel demonstrates the various types of scope shots in films(binocular, keyhole, periscope).
* In the ''Series/PoliceWoman'' episode "Fish" from 1974, a hitman aims at his victim through the window of the victim's hotel room. The scene imitates the view through the sniper scope: we see a circular fame with crosshairs.

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* During the intro scene to ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' we get a ''goggles'' variant. It's tinted red at first so we think it's a monster, but it turns out it's this trope.

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* ''RocketPower'', "Double-O Twistervision" has a scene showing two movie villains through a cutout of two circles, so as to simulate the Binocular Shot.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' uses a [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep1/ep1-863.png telescope shot]] in the first episode, when Zuko sees Aang and Katara jumping off the old shipwreck.
* Done in {{Freakazoid}}, with the titular character switching from viewpoint to viewpoint to establish where he is... "Palm trees? ''Hula girls!'' Pineapples? ''Hula girls!'' Surfboards? ''Hula girls!'' ''Hula girls!'' ''Hula girls!'' Of course, it all adds up! [[CompletelyMissingthePoint I've landed somewhere in Norway!]]"
** "Do I have time for another looking through the binoculars gag? ''I like those!'' (Looks through) ''Hula girls''!"

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