With bins, as with anything on a boat, buy quality and you will save money
in the long run. If you havent already bought a set, It shouldn't take you long to save the extra few hundred bucks and you'll really be glad you did.
I picked up a second hand set of (now discontinued) Steiner Skipper
7x50's with illuminated compass and love them to bits. Chunky, scuffed covers and no rangefinder but man I'm glad I got these compared to a shiny new set of cheap
& cheerfuls. Comparing them at the marina with other sets you do notice the difference - especially in low light. The point an earlier poster made about damping is also very important - the Steinies are brilliant at this, other compasses zip around like a drunken blowfly and are fairly useless in bumpy conditions.
If you are going to pick up a second hand set just make sure they are set in the correct zone: 1 for everything north of the Med/Mexican border/South East Asia
; 2 for Central America/West Indies/North Africa/Middle East/India/S.E.A; 5 for Australia/NZ/Southern Ocean; 3 or 4 for the bits in between.
I'm interested to read that others don't like using the compass binoculars for taking bearings; Ive found them far superior to a hand bearing compass. Perhaps its to do with the aforementioned damping, does anyone want to share their thoughts on this?