16mm Brandon


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The 16mm Vernonscope Brandon eyepiece is designed for excellent high contrast medium power lunar, star cluster, galaxy, and nebula observing, particularly with telescopes having a focal ratio of f/7 and above . . .
Our Product #: VB16
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Product Description

The 16mm Vernonscope Brandon eyepiece is designed for medium power high contrast/dark sky background use with any telescope type, at focal ratios f/7 and above. It provides highly detailed lunar, globular cluster, galaxy, and emission nebula observing. With shorter focal length scopes, down to f/4, it is still exceptionally sharp at the center of the field (although somewhat less so at the edges).

While the designed and technically correct eye relief is substantially longer at 12mm, because of the recessed location of the eye lens 6mm below the lowered eyecup, the measured usable eye relief of 6mm is too short for unvignetted use with eyeglasses. However, most objects being observed will typically be placed at the center of the field, where vision is sharpest and vignetting of the edge of the field due to eyeglass use is less of an issue. As a personal aside, your author uses this eyepiece in both his 3.5" and 7" Questars and has never had a problem with the eye relief, even when wearing glasses.

For a brief discussion of how we define and measure usable eye relief and its importance to you, an explanatory text box will pop up when you move your cursor over the term "Eye Relief" in the "Tech Details" pull-down tab above. Removing the eyepiece's rubber eyecup will provide several mm of additional usable eye relief, but at the expense of exposing your eyeglass lenses to the metal top of the eyepiece.

The Brandon is the sharpest design currently available for eyepiece projection photography. The body of 16mm is considerably narrower than most similar focal length Plössl eyepieces, allowing its use in an eyepiece projection adapter much more readily than a wider Plössl. Its rolldown rubber eyecup can be removed, should the eyepiece/eyecup combination still be too wide to fit easily into your eyepiece projection adapter.

Tech Details

Barrel Size 1.25"
Eye Relief 6mm
Field of view 42
Focal Length 16mm
Number of optical elements 4
Weight 3 oz
Warranty Limited Lifetime


Review by:
I have a pair of these 16mm Brandons for use in my Denk Big Easy binoviewers and find them to be clear, precise and versatile. Lunar views are superb. (Posted on 8/4/2017)
Review by:
Excellent eyepiece. I bought a set of these and compared to other major high end brands they were superior in the area of light scatter. (Posted on 8/4/2017)
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