Abbreviation:  Mic
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.

Messier Objects

  • 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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