Can the dovetail bars on NexStar SE optical tubes be used on other mounts?

The dovetail bars on the NexStar SE line of telescopes are the same size as those used on our Advanced VX and CG-5 GT German equatorial heads. They are Vixen-type bars and will also fit mounts from many other manufacturers.

Note: As designed and under normal use, the SE optical tube is mounted so the mount arm is to the left of the tube as seen from behind. The dovetail bar on the scope is thus on its left side and considered "left-handed." Though the tube's dovetail bar will fit many other mounts, the tube may not have this left-handed relationship to the mount. Your finderscope and focusing knob may not be optimally placed for observing convenience with other mounts.


Updated 12/26/13