A field glass was a popular export from the the Shining Lands in 1367 DR.[3] It was available for purchase through Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue.[2]


A field glass was made by attaching special lenses, shaped by gnome artificers in Ormpe, to either end of a cylinder.[3]

Field glasses were coveted by captains sailing both the Sea of Fallen Stars and the Sword Coast.[3]


Field glasses were used to magnify the user's vision over great distances. They were extremely popular among sailors on the Great Sea, allowing them to spot pirates long before the pirates even knew they were there. A field glass typically at least doubled the distance vision of any scout or lookout.[1][2][3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 150,153. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 8. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), p. 60. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.