What are the miscellaneous specifications for the NexStar SE Series?

Miscellaneous specifications for the SE Series

1. Measurements may be approximate.

2. Please check the product page under the Specs tab for more specs.

3. Other specs of the SE series may be found in other Knowledgebase articles.

6/8SE Tripod

  • Tripod spread in low position is approximately 26 in
  • Tripod spread in high position is approximately 42.5 in
  • Tripod height in the low position is approximately 24.5 in
  • Tripod height in the high position is approximately 42 in

Both the NexStar 4/5SE and 6/8SE tripods have the same collapsed length of approximately 27 in. This is good to know for packing it as baggage on trips. The length of the NexStar 6/8SE tripod with legs extended is approximately 47 in.

Mount clearance: Distance between the top of the mount base (battery compartment lid) to the center of the dovetail clamp (altitude bolt axis).


  • NexStar 4/5SE clearance is approximately 8.25 in
  • 6/8SE clearance is approximately 10 in
  • Pointed at zenith, the 8SE OTA has 4.5 in from the back of the mirror cell to the top of the mount base (battery compartment lid), about 4 in from the back of the baffle nut to the mount base top and about 3 in from the tip of the focus knob to the mount base top. This is enough distance to use the visual back, 1.25 in StarDiagonal and a 1.25 in eyepiece to view the zenith. It is not enough distance to accommodate larger accessories or SLR cameras attached to the scope.
  • The respective distances for the 6SE OTA are approximately 5.5 in, 5 in, and 4 in
  • The focuser mechanism back plate screws (3) are M3x8 in                                                                    

The 4/5SE spur gear specs are:

  • Module is 0.5 in
  • Number of teeth is 16
  • Pressure angel is 20 deg
  • Pitch diameter is 8 mm


Updated 12/25/13