I am 18 months new to astronomy. My first binoculars (BARSKA Gladiator Binocular w/ 10-30x Zoom (60mm objective lens)) were inexpensive ($50), and the only thing good I can say is they got me to buy something better. While I was buying a telescope, the seller showed me his Nikon 7245 Action Ex Extreme 10 X 50 mm All Terrain Binoculars. They were so much better than the ones I had, I went right out and bought one. I was very happy until about 4 months later I got a chance to see through a Vixen Ascot 10x50.
Since I had spent close to $155, I was very reluctant to buy another pair that Amazon had for only $153, but that was the price then for the Vixen Ascot.
The Nikon had 6.5 degree, where the Vixen had 8.5 degree. It doesn't sound like much but when you are learning how to sky hop, it is the difference between night and day. The Vixen makes it so easy to find things, I don't pick up the Nikons much any more. Yes the Nikon has more eye relief, and they are good quality. If I want to look at land objects, I pick up the Nikon before I pick up the Vixen.
I also bought a few larger 80mm and 100mm aperture binos, but they are so heavy, I just find the Vixen so much more usable. I hope to learn how to travel around the sky, which I suspect will take me a year or two. Computerized telescopes help some, Dobs give great views, but binoculars are my main learning tools.
I currently own 26 telescopes, 7 binoculars, 2 binoviewers, and I love them all. In another year I will start to thin the herd, but for now nothing goes away. I am learning how to do guiding, so I can enter astrophotography. But I always grab my Vixen Ascot. They are always inspiring. From that inspiration, I then roll out a big Dob, a SCT, or a refractor. They sky conditions inform me what might work best for that particular night.