The Constellation Microscopium

by Dominic Ford
Microscopium Microscopium
The constellation Microscopium. Roll mouse over to see labels.
Source: Stellarium.

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.
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Brightest Objects in Microscopium

Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
Stars Open Clusters Globular Clusters Galaxies
γ-Mic (mag 4.7) NGC 6925 (mag 11.3)
ε-Mic (mag 4.7) IC 5105 (mag 11.5)
θ¹-Mic (mag 4.8) NGC 6958 (mag 12.0)
α-Mic (mag 4.9) NGC 6923 (mag 12.1)
ι-Mic (mag 5.1) IC 5039 (mag 12.6)
ν-Mic (mag 5.1) IC 5020 (mag 13.0)
2-PsA (mag 5.2) IC 5046
HD 201772 (mag 5.3) IC 5065
ζ-Mic (mag 5.3) NGC 6919
HD 198716 (mag 5.3) NGC 6947
3-PsA (mag 5.4) NGC 6998
HD 197630 (mag 5.5) NGC 7057
HD 196737 (mag 5.5) IC 5013
HD 198357 (mag 5.5) IC 5047
η-Mic (mag 5.5) IC 5086
HD 204018 (mag 5.6) NGC 6999
HD 203949 (mag 5.6) NGC 7060
δ-Mic (mag 5.7) IC 5019
HD 196917 (mag 5.8) IC 5041
θ²-Mic (mag 5.8) IC 5049
HD 201647 (mag 5.8) NGC 6983
HD 200073 (mag 5.9) NGC 7012
HD 201852 (mag 6.0) IC 5011
β-Mic (mag 6.1)
HD 267574 (mag 11.9)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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