While I knew it would be large, and your photo confirms that; I did not really think about the placement of the eyepiece. My AT102EDL is back heavy, so the scope is balanced near the focuser. These large scopes seem to balance closer to the middle.
Yeah I was surprised by the eyepiece placement on this scope while using it. With my 102 I can use a stool and easily view from any position but that's definitely not the case with the 125.
I was viewing the Ring Nebula last night near zenith since I was wanting to see how the SkyTee-2 would handle it, and I basically had to sit on the ground to have a comfortable view at the eyepiece. I was using the scope on the side saddle of the SkyTee-2 which is mounted on top of a 16" Orion SkyView Pro pier extension and 2" Celestron CG5 tripod. Without the pier extension the diagonal would've probably hit the ground. I was using a small tripod chair that worked well for most elevations and the camera angle adjuster really helped to turn the eyepiece to a good viewing angle. I've been meaning to buy a dedicated observing chair or build a Denver Chair but have been putting it off since my stool has worked great up until now. This scope will definitely give me motivation to finally get a decent one.
As far as scope placement on the mount, you're exactly right about the 102 balancing closer to the focuser and 125 towards the middle. The 125 feels like it's nose heavy whenever it's picked up without a diagonal & eyepiece in it, but a 2" dielectric and medium weight eyepiece in it balances out well. Here's a few pics that show this difference pretty well:
My original plan was to use the 125 together with a 70ED on the SkyTee, but the more I think about it the more I think that I won't really be happy with that setup. The problem is that I'll be low down while using the 125 then will have to standup to view through the 70, and since it'll be on the top saddle the eyepiece will be fairly high up. The 70 doesn't have a camera angle adjuster like the EDL scopes do which also makes adjusting the angle of the diagonal more aggravating. I'll just have to get more time in with that setup to see if it's something that'll work for me. I may end up trying the 70ED sans diagonal (straight through Japanese style) as an experiment but I'll need to use an extension tube. I don't think this would be too bad or uncomfortable using the top saddle of the SkyTee since the 25x100 mounted on it were quite comfortable to view through, but it'd still be less than ideal IMO.... so I may end up just ditching the idea of the 125 / 70 combo and just mount a Telrad or similar on the top plate. IDK, time will tell.