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This article describes content that may be included in Java Edition and Bedrock Edition. 
This content has appeared in Java Edition 1.17 and Bedrock Edition 1.17.0 development versions, but the full update containing it has not been released yet.
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A spyglass is an item that can be used for zooming in on specific locations.



Ingredients Crafting recipe
Amethyst Shard +
Copper Ingot


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A spyglass being used to zoom in on a block of gold starting from normal FOV (70°).

Spyglasses are used to zoom in on a specific location in the player's field of view (FOV). The spyglass changes the FOV to 110 of the FOV set in options. By default, the FOV is set to 70°, resulting in an FOV of 7° through the spyglass. The player's FOV can be set from 30° to 120°, so the spyglass FOV can range from 3° to 12°.

A square vignette is applied when in use, similar to the effect when wearing a carved pumpkin. Pressing F1 removes the vignette,‌[Java Edition only][1][2] similar to a carved pumpkin.

The player is slowed down while watching through the spyglass. When the player uses the spyglass continuously for 1 minute (1200 game ticks), the interface is automatically closed.


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Spyglass expands?Using the itemitem.spyglass.usesubtitles.item.spyglass.use???
Spyglass retracts?Using the itemitem.spyglass.stop_usingsubtitles.item.spyglass.stop_using???

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October 3, 2020Spyglass JE1.png Spyglasses are revealed at Minecraft Live 2020. They were originally named "telescopes" and had an oval vignette.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.1720w45aSpyglass JE1.png Added spyglasses.
Spyglass scope JE1.png The scope texture is currently a circle with glare spots.
20w46aSpyglass scope JE2.png The scope texture is now a glass square with a copper border.
20w48aSpyglass JE2.png The spyglass is now a 3D model instead of a flat sprite.
Spyglass JE2 (texture).png The texture of the spyglass has changed.
Using the spyglass now better anchors it to the player's "eye" when viewed in 3rd person.
21w05aCopper ingots are now renewable via drowned, making spyglasses renewable.
21w10aSpyglass JE3 (item).png Spyglasses now have a new texture in the inventory. The 3D model is still used in the hand, similar to tridents.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.17.0beta JE2.png Spyglass JE3 (item).png Added spyglasses.
beta are no longer available only through Experimental Gameplay.


Issues relating to "Spyglass" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.



  1. MC-203575 – "The spyglass overlay goes away when pressing F1" – resolved as "Works As Intended"
  2. MCPE-125869 – Spyglass's overlay don't go away even if the player toggles Hide GUI on/ Pressing F1