my newest scope is a maine vue. I got it because I didn't have the cash for a high dollar scope. I am pretty happy with the maine vue so far. I will have to see when I get it into some harsh elements...
My favorite would have to be Leupold. It is tough and has good glass. I just ordered a Nikon, just about the only scope I have not tried yet. I have been hearing good things about the glass on them. They say it is as good or better than Leupold. As soon as I get it in I will let you guys know how it is.
Not trying to flame you on this just trying to explain the difference between the two. They MAY seem to equal in clarity but they are not.
THis will first become aparent in low light situations. The more expensive binos havea a better glass in them that allows better light transmition thus you are able to see MUCH better at dawn and dusk.
The second is clarity. Try to focus on fine detail (like trying to see the scoring rings on a 3d target at 45 yards. That is a good way to see the differense. They better binos are so much clearer they seem to be a higher magnification than a cheaper on.
THis is a combonation of the two but cheaper glass will also give you headaches if you spend alot of time behind it (ask b4rifle, Im sure he can tell you!!!) If you are going to go on a hunt where you spend hours behind the binos or a spotting scope you would be sorry if you went with a lower quality piece of glass.
Now this is not to say that the simmons is a BAD scope as they serve their purpose. I love their shotgun scope.