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, 10.6;
PA 166, separation 20.5".
Theta2 Microscopii: 6.4, 7.0; PA 267, 0.5".
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.