I use my C8/ES102 on the AZ-EQ mount in the dual mode for longer viewing sessions, but my year 2000 white C5 (bought used here) on an SE mount as my grab and go EAA setup just amazes me. Last season here in Oregon I used this setup 35 times. @71 I can carry this setup outside ready to go. Setup time is about 10 minutes total. This is my second C5, I had an old orange one for visual and it was amazing. I sold it when I semi got out of Astronomy. After about a year when I got back in, I missed the C5 terribly. I got an ST80 with 2" focuser from a club member but it just didn't fit the the bill, my C90 when cooled was so much better. But the C5 is like a big scope masquerading as a small one. when used with the ZWO224 and Meade Fr3.3 it is extremely fast, and with the FR6.3 and the 294 produces very wonderful large scale images (this is all EAA, either at the scope or in my office on a 50" 4K.
If it was my only scope I'd probably prefer a 6" for EAA, but the size and just ease of use would make that choice tough. At a dark site visual is also good, but 99% of my viewing in now in my yard doing EAA, and as my GG it sees the most use.
I don't know if the spotters get some extra love and care, but mine is an amazing scope. I guess they could be considered "expensive" for their size but for me they are worth every penny. Do you love your C5?