Your experience is exactly what I try to explain to my customers. These little cheap monoculars that you see on sale around Christmas are usually junk. No offense to some of the manufacturers who make them, but they really aren't good for anything but looking at your dog in your backyard. And the problem is, most people buying them want to see 75-150 yards.
I would highly recommend the Pulsar 860VS 6x50. It's $299 and you should easily be able to see 100 yards with it, if not further. It's a great product in a small handheld package.
While I don't generally recommend a lot of ATN products, I have to admit that their Bino-X digital binoculars (technically bi-oculars) are the best digital handheld unit I've ever used. I don't personally care for or need all the bells and whistles that it includes but those things have a GIANT illuminator in them. I can see my wood line at the edge of my pasture at 450 yards with them. They are really a great product and I think the image quality is much better than the X-Sights. They are $469 but can be bought a little cheaper.
At the end of the day, for the money and what it sounds like you want to do, the Pulsar 860VS is probably a great choice.
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