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 6947 (mag 0.0)
ε-Mic (mag 4.7) IC 5011 (mag 0.0)
θ¹-Mic (mag 4.8) NGC 7057 (mag 0.0)
α-Mic (mag 4.9) IC 5046 (mag 0.0)
ι-Mic (mag 5.1) IC 5013 (mag 0.0)
ν-Mic (mag 5.1) IC 5065 (mag 0.0)
2-PsA (mag 5.2) NGC 6999 (mag 0.0)
HD 201772 (mag 5.3) NGC 7060 (mag 0.0)
ζ-Mic (mag 5.3) IC 5047 (mag 0.0)
HD 198716 (mag 5.3) NGC 6983 (mag 0.0)
3-PsA (mag 5.4) IC 5019 (mag 0.0)
HD 197630 (mag 5.5) IC 5086 (mag 0.0)
HD 196737 (mag 5.5) NGC 6919 (mag 0.0)
HD 198357 (mag 5.5) NGC 7012 (mag 0.0)
η-Mic (mag 5.5) IC 5041 (mag 0.0)
HD 204018 (mag 5.6) NGC 6925 (mag 11.3)
HD 203949 (mag 5.6) NGC 6958 (mag 11.4)
δ-Mic (mag 5.7) IC 5105 (mag 11.5)
HD 196917 (mag 5.8) NGC 6923 (mag 12.1)
θ²-Mic (mag 5.8) IC 5039 (mag 12.6)
HD 201647 (mag 5.8) IC 5020 (mag 12.7)
HD 200073 (mag 5.9) IC 5049 (mag 13.6)
HD 201852 (mag 6.0) NGC 6998 (mag 15.6)
β-Mic (mag 6.1)
HD 194783 (mag 6.1)

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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