I'm a bit of a binocular novice, I've only ever owned one pair which is a TS 10x50 WP (clone of the Nikon) so they're fairly cheap but appear to be fairly good. I've enjoyed using them under dark skies, wonderful for viewing the Large Magellanic Cloud while imaging at my dark site.
Given the never ending COVID lockdown in Melbourne, Australia I don't think I'll get a chance to look through anything in the foreseeable future. I have read of the stark increase in optical quality moving from cheaper to premium binoculars but I have never had the pleasure of experiencing it myself.
I have been considering upgrading to something like a 7x42 but I don't have any real criteria at the moment. Not heavier or bulkier than my current 10x50s but that's probably not difficult! Most of what I have been using binos for has been astro but I wouldn't mind a more general purpose but still general purpose. I had been considering Canon 10x42 L IS as I've real a lot of positive reviews but I think I'll keep away from IS.
I figured this would be the best place to come for some thought and suggestions.