English Name: The Microscope
Genitive: Gamma Microscopii and Epsilon.
Hemisphere: Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Piscis Austrinus and Sagittarius.
Visible between latitudes: +45 and -90 degrees
Best season: Autumn
Seen in three seasons: Summer, Autumn &Winter.
Best seen in: During the first week of September.
Seen between: August and September.
Right Ascension (RA): 21 hour
Declination (DEC): -35 degrees
Area (square degrees): 210 (66th)
Microscopium (The Microscope)
- All the stars in Microscopium that make up this constellation are very faint to south of Capricornus.
- This constellation;s brightest stars; Gamma Microscopii and Epsilon, both at magnitude +4.7.
- No Messier objects in Microscopium.
Features of Interest
- NGC 6925 – Spiral Galaxy; quite bright, large and very elongated. (Magnitude: +12.0)
- NGC 6958 – Spiral Galaxy; bright, quite small and round – very bright nucleus. (Magnitude: +11.3)
- IC 5105 – Spiral Galaxy; very faint, small and round. (Magnitude: +11.4)
- Gamma Microscopii and Epsilon. (Both same magnitude: +4.7.)
- Photo of the constellation; Microscopium, as it appears to the naked eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Microscopium
- List of stars in Microscopium.
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