Microscopium, The Microscope, is one of Nicolas de Lacaille's
creations, celebrating yet another scientific instrument.
Like so many of Lacaille's constellations, there isn't much of interest
here. The asterism gives a vague suggestion of
There are only a handful of Bayer stars,
mostly fourth and fifth magnitude.
Alpha Microscopii is a fixed binary with faint companion: 5.0, 10.1;
PA 165º, separation 20.2".
Theta2 Microscopii: 6.2, 6.9; PA 197º, 0.7".
Theta1 Microscopii is an alpha CV type star of small
range: 4.77 to 4.87 every 2d2h55m.
Deep Sky Objects:
There are no deep sky objects of interest to amateur observers.
For a more detailed appreciation of Microscopium, visit the Binocular Section.