α Microscopii

Alpha Microscopii is the lead star (the furthest west) of a handful of fifth-magnitude stars which are supposed to form the figure of a microscope.

To find alpha, place omega and psi Sagittarii in the centre of your field of view and drop south-southeast two fields of view. The star itself forms the tip in a kind of arrow.

Alpha (binary label h5224) has a faint companion: 5.0, 10.1; 165, 20.2".

South-southwest two binocular fields is zeta Microscopii and the two thetas: binoculars.

Theta2 is a difficult multiple star system (BU 766), a very close companion and a very faint one:
      AB: 6.2, 6.9; 19.7, 0.7".
      AC: 6.2, 10.3; 65, 79.1".

From this view move one binocular field southwest; you'll fine iota near the southern edge.

Between eta and iota is a fine binocular binary:
      DUN 236: 6.7, 6.9; 73, 57.5".

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