My GEM 45 has just turned up.
First impressions are very good. After reading a lot about the LiteRoc Tripod being a little too "lightweight" I was very surprised to unpack a very sturdy looking tripod. Still need to put an OTA on it but it looks up to the job. Maybe on a windy night with my SCT on it I will change my tune.
Looks very well made certainly a step up from my HEQ5 (which has served me very well but it does not give the impression of being a quality piece of engineering).
The current GEM45 is actually the GEM45G without the camera. The saddle has been changed so it is now a true dual saddle with no need to swap stuff around to go from a Vixen to a Losmandy.
I was a bit surprised not to get any manual with a such an expensive piece of kit. I know I can download one but still.
The PE reading looks very good staying under 5 on both the positive and negative side. The paper its printed on now says its a GEM45! I will use PHD2 to check this if the skies ever clear again.