First, the stats: weight 18.5 pounds; height 25"; base 20" diameter including legs. It uses nylon bearings in the base, and a 4" nylon bearing in the altitude adjustment. It comes standard with a plate for tube rings, but I added a Stellarvue 2" jaw (sold separately) so I can easily change telescopes.

Operation: unfortunately it brought clouds and rain (all the way from Califormia) But I got a chance to try it out this morning. The motions are very smooth on both axes, the altitude adjusts with the large knob, the azimuth with a bolt on the base. When used with a Newtonian, it can be comfortably used on the ground. It will hold a refractor, but the eyepiece is very low to the ground so a table is almost a neccessity.