Your experiences are your experiences. Don't sell yourself short. You are the ONLY expert in your experiences and no one can really refute what you experience. Why I was saying mine are in the opposite realm so the true answer obviously exists on a continuum that swings from your aperture always gives you a better experience to mine that aperture does not give a better experience especially in ease of use and for rock steady views. So it is good for others to have both viewpoints, both just as valid. Lets everyone know that there is no one answer and it just depends as a host of variables involved that we will all weight differently per our preferences.
FWIW a 152 Apo can be either a beast or just a husky, all depends on how the observers goes about things. If they must have a triplet and can only deal with gotos and tracking to observe, then yes, what they put together will be a beast for sure. But if they are visual only then a Doublet is sufficient and if they can star hop then an alt-az is fine. In that configuration the entire rig is not heavy at all, maybe 35-40 lbs tops. I lift and carry it mounted so not a big deal. But if I had it on a GEM or something, would be too much of a hassle for me and likely not to observe much with it. Convenience really has a big impact on the observing habit.
This is why I read everything Bill posts...he values others experiences and doesn’t try to argue over who’s got it right!