I call, make the deal and go to check it out. Since the hand controller wasn't working when I got there I offered them $650 for it, to which they agreed. Once I got it home I found out it was just a loose cable to the controller board, so now I have a very nice, fully functional first generation Nexstar 11 for the princely sum of $650.
Here's a comparison of the two telescopes side by side. Please forgive the mess on the coffee table.