Over the past year or so, I’ve seen a lot of buzz in online astronomy forums about the 25×100 Tachyon binoculars by Zhumell. These monsters boast a pair of 3.9-inch (100 millimeters) objective lenses, fully multicoated optics, and BaK-4 prisms — all for an average street price of $230. Having paid more than twice that for my premium 16×70 binoculars, I wondered how good they could be.
I found out when my wife, Wendy, gave them to me for my birthday. After unwrapping the ribboned present, I was initially struck by Zhumell’s care in packaging. A foam-lined hard case cradles the binoculars and holds them snugly during transport. I later learned that Zhumell’s careful packaging keeps the binoculars in perfect collimation.