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Searching the Database:
When stepping forward through the list past the last item in the catalog, the miniMAX will take you back to the beginning of the list. This feature works the same when stepping backward, allowing you to quickly find the largest number in the catalog you are listing. For example, select the Messier catalog (M001) and press enter several times stepping through each position (without changing the numbers) until the display stops flashing. At this point press the Down key. You will see the display change from M001 to M110. This tells you that the last object in the Messier catalog is M110.
There is one quirk about the NGC catalog that should be noted. It is actually made up of two databases within the computer. Normally, this is transparent to the user. However, when stepping through the catalog as described above, you will only be stepping through approximately one half of the catalog because you are in one of two databases. To step through the other database, simply enter a number in the other half of the range of catalog numbers and continue as before.
We hope this information will be helpful to you. Happy hunting.