Re: only high dollar optics are quality???
I agree with both schools of thought. There are some very nice scopes in the $300 - $500 range these days, and most of my rifles wear them. I recently joined the Nightforce community and so far I am very impressed. I will say that the only reason I have a Nighforce is due to the current political climate allowing me to be able to buy and sell black rifle parts to make the money to afford it. I can't imagine ever approaching my wife and trying to convince her that we need Nightforce priced scopes, and that we should pay for them out of our normal incomes.
With that said, had the big O not given me an opportunity to fund my hobby, and I spent the rest of my life not owning a Nightforce priced scope, I am fairly certain my enjoyment of the sport which is everything shooting would not have been diminished in any way.