I have a Pentax 12x50 pair of binoc's - they're ok, they have some deent illumination, however, they don't adject 100% to my eyes. The right one is close, but not 100%. As with everything, you pay for what you get. If I had $1000 sitting around, I have Zeiss Conquest.
As for spotting scopes, this is the Leupold small one for $300 whish is visually nice.