When I first unboxed my CGEM, my first impression was... Well the picture of me standing next to it says it all! The look of the mount was superb, and there were no blemishes that I could find. This thing is very sturdy, too. The tripod and the equatorial mount alone weighs in at close to 70 pounds.
My second solution to help my polar alignment was to take a blank CD, cut it to size, and sandwich it between my tripod and equatorial mount. This had the advantage of being immune to dirt, humidity (a constant problem in Texas) and offered a low