I understand the questions about the pricing, but I have thought about what you can probably reasonably expect in terms of equipment capacity and price and I really don't think it is out of line with what you should expect to pay. I have created a table of configurations and a chart of price per capacity based on different configurations.
DISCLAIMER: This is only my initial thinking based on the capacity testing we have done on the iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight mount and also customer experiences as reported here on the forum.
These numbers are preliminary and could significantly change in the future.
As you can see, The price point for each configuration and weight capacity increases linearly once you are past the entry level mount system as shipped today. Note, the highest price point is for the EXOS 2 configuration. There are significant improvements in the iEXOS line of mounts versus the original EXOS mounts which are significant benefits including 1) built in USB, 2) internal PMC-Eight controller, 3) internal cable for RA axis, 4) Same motor drive system as in EXOS 2 mount providing extra margin in terms of torque and in handling the higher loads. Finally 5) Being able to use the iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight in its most lightweight mode with the ST1 tripod provides an excellent "Grab and Go" mount system. This is an increasing requirement for a lot of our customers.
Also, even though the EXOS 2 mount comes with a polar scope to do polar alignments, most astrophotographers prefer not to use that and end up purchasing or using their camera systems to perform a polar alignment.
PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE AND COMMENTS ON THIS.
Again, this is a preliminary look at projected weight capacity for the iEXOS 100.
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Mark Slade Remote Observatory (MSRO) IAU MPC W54 Equipment
Mounts: ES PMC-Eight G11 + Telescope Drive Master (TDM)
Scopes: ES 165 FPL-53 ED APO CF, ES 102 FCD100 ED APO CF
Cameras: QHY174M-GPS + FW, QHY163C
Misc: 3-inch 0.7x Focal Reducer Field Flattener, Filters: Luminance,
Red, V-band Photometric, Diffuser, 200 lpmm Spectral Grating
Software: MaxIm DL 6, Cartes du Ciel, Astrometrica, AstroImageJ, AutoStakkert!