I am consider upgrading my current CGE Pro mount and tripod that carries my EdgeHD 14 and equipment. Not quite sure why other than my current mount is a bit on the noisy side when slewing, it has acted up a few times where I had to kill the power and start my setup process over again, and the mount struggles with proper movement once I piggy back my ES 127mm APO Triplet (I will be changing this to a side by side setup). After quite a bit of research and setting a budget between $3,000 and $6,999 for the purchase. I've limited my consideration down to iOptron and looking at either the CEM120, CEM120EC, or the CEM120EC2. Not sure with my skill level I would notice a big difference between the EC and EC2 models. So I'm leaning toward the CEM120EC and a Tri-Pier 360. In addition I'm adding an 8' NexDome to my back yard. But don't want a permanent pier post just incase I want to head out for a weekend under dark sky's.
So as far as the quality, technology, and movement of the iOptron goes. Do you think upgrading to the CEM120EC and Tri-Pier 360 would be a noticeable improvement over my current CGE Pro mount and 2" tripod? Also does it seem reasonable that the CEM120EC could handle the extra payload weight of adding the ES 120mm APO and additional Imager equipment?