About ten days ago (Oct. 7,2020) I bought this LX50 for $100.00.
It was still in its original and tattered shipping box, but had been left lonely, unused, and unloved for at least 10 years.
It was dirty on the outside and had some spider webs on the inside. The owner had kept the front cover on, so the corrector plate was fine, but hadn't kept the visual back closed.
This came with encoders installed, however, the DEC encoder wire had been pulled from the encoder body.
It also came with the manual control and an Autostar which (not being familiar with the LX50, but other Autostar ETX's), I assumed that this was the goto controller (dumb I know). I was so dumb at the time of purchase that I didn't know that the Magellan II even existed or was necessary or how it interfaced with the scope.
This also came with no EPs, star diagonal, or printed manuals.
I have since learned that the Magellan II is very rare, so, having read about LX50 lovers trying to use a Magellan I, I bought one on CN. Of course, about 10 days later, I found a Magellan II for sale in the UK and bought this also.
I have only been able to observe from the storage space shown in the pic. I've only viewed Saturn and Jupiter. I wasn't impressed. My RV6 would have easily produced better images under ideal conditions. However, considering that I was viewing Saturn and Jupiter barely 18* off the horizon from a storage space with security lights abounding, I think it did ok.
I was particularly impressed with the image not shifting when I focused.
I like this scope. I owned a Celestar 8 and I agree with the comparisons of the two scopes by others. However, my Celestar had very good optics, so I am reserving comment on the LX50 until I have a better viewing session.