The Constellation Microscopium

by Dominic Ford
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Microscopium

Microscopium is a small and faint southern constellation which is highest in the evening sky in the months around July.

It contains no stars brighter than magnitude 4.7, and since it is situated well away from the plane of the Milky Way, its only deep sky objects are faint galaxies.

The name ‘Microscopium’ is Latin for ‘microscope’, and was assigned to this sky area by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1756.

Date First Appeared
1756 (Lacaille)
Sky Area
0.5% of the sky
209.5 square degrees
Messier Objects
Microscopium contains no Messier objects
Caldwell Objects
Microscopium contains no Caldwell objects
Neighbors
The following constellations neighbor Microscopium: Capricornus, Grus, Indus, Piscis Austrinus, Sagittarius, Telescopium.
Microscopium Microscopium
The constellation Microscopium as it appears to the unaided eye. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

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Latitude:
Longitude:
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42.38°N
71.11°W
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Color scheme


Brightest Objects in Microscopium

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Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
γ-Mic (mag 4.7) NGC 6925 (mag 11.3)
ε-Mic (mag 4.7) NGC 6958 (mag 11.4)
θ¹-Mic (mag 4.8) IC 5105 (mag 11.5)
α-Mic (mag 4.9) NGC 6923 (mag 12.1)
ι-Mic (mag 5.1) IC 5003 (mag 12.6)
ν-Mic (mag 5.1) IC 5011 (mag 12.7)
2-PsA (mag 5.2) IC 5020 (mag 12.7)
HIP 104738 (mag 5.3) IC 5007 (mag 13.1)
ζ-Mic (mag 5.3) NGC 7060 (mag 13.6)
HIP 103127 (mag 5.3) IC 5049 (mag 13.6)
3-PsA (mag 5.4) NGC 7057 (mag 13.7)
HIP 102497 (mag 5.5) IC 5086 (mag 13.7)
HIP 102014 (mag 5.5) NGC 7012 (mag 13.7)
HIP 102916 (mag 5.5) NGC 6919 (mag 13.8)
η-Mic (mag 5.5) NGC 6983 (mag 14.2)
HIP 105913 (mag 5.6) IC 5065 (mag 14.4)
HIP 105854 (mag 5.6) NGC 6947 (mag 14.8)
δ-Mic (mag 5.7) NGC 6999 (mag 15.0)
HIP 102092 (mag 5.8) IC 5019 (mag 15.5)
θ²-Mic (mag 5.8) NGC 6998 (mag 15.6)
HIP 104680 (mag 5.8)
HIP 103836 (mag 5.9)
HIP 104752 (mag 6.0)
β-Mic (mag 6.1)
HIP 101017 (mag 6.1)
HIP 103646 (mag 6.1)
HIP 104980 (mag 6.1)
HIP 104925 (mag 6.2)
HIP 103902 (mag 6.3)
HIP 102230 (mag 6.3)
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