Binoculars with compass
I suppose it''s possible that in 10 or 20 years (or less) I''ll come to agree with you that my Bushnell binocs are "crap".
In the meantime, my top-of-the-Bushnell-line marine binocs seem to have all the features and compare nicely in specification with other brands who enjoy the top-quality spots in the market.
Furthermore, I have brought my binocs on board the boats of other people who own Steiner and other top names. No one using them could discern any difference in optical clarity - even at night.
I realize that lower cost usually has to mean some degradation in quality somewhere, but I''m merely stating that so far the trade-offs are undetected. I have been aboard charter boats where the supplied binocs were total junk, and I agree completely that truly inferior binocs are to be avoided. I guess you''re just drawing that arbitrary line in a different place than I did.