I received and set up my Celestron VX mount yesterday, it is replacing my CG-5 computerized mount. It really is a beautiful mount for the price. Fit and finish is nice with tight tolerences. The only plastic parts are the motor housings, port housing and polar axis covers. The rest is a sand cast metal. I didn't hold a magnet to it so I'm not sure if it's aluminum or a pot metal material. Everything set up quickly and all the knobs were easy to operate. I relocated the tripod alignment peg to the north facing leg. The mount is stable and holds my 8" SCT and all accessories easily. Motors operated with the usual slewing noise but nothing obnoxious. I set my rig up in my kitcken so the hard surfaces didn't help with sound reduction, outside I'm sure it is a lot more quiet. The power connection with screw on connector is very secure. The hand control was easy to operate and read with the lights off. The north facing leg did not interfere with the counterweight while accessing any part of the sky, there was no cord wrap and no major vibration issues. Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to take it out for a real test. But for now I am thoroughly pleased with the look and action of the mount. Celestron really did a great job of improving the CG-5 to this VX version. Picture was taken before I moved the tripod alignment ped to the north facing leg.