The JMI NGC-MAX with 2 Encoders Kit is designed for those who wish to build their own hardware for mounting the encoders. It includes the NGC-MAX Computer, 2 encoders, encoder cable, computer mounting bracket, and instructional video. The computer has a serial interface, and can be used with a computer, or as a stand-alone unit. It features a timer, polar alignment help, Identify mode, RS-232 computer interface, and a 12,046-object database.
The NGC-MAX database includes all 110 Messier objects, and all NGC objects. The IC catalog consists of all IC objects which are not galaxies, galaxies which have a magnitude specified and all remaining galaxies which have a size of 1.9 arc-minutes or more. There are separate catalogs for 928 stars and 386 other non-stellar objects, including 19 black hole candidates and quasars. An additional user catalog includes 28 user-defined objects. A planet catalog is also included. For the encoders specify tics-per-revolution to the manufacturer after ordering.