Constellations of Microscopium (with Grus and Piscis Austrinus)
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Constellations of Microscopium (with Grus and Piscis Austrinus)
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Image and text ©2008 Akira Fujii/David Malin Images.

In the picture above north is at the top and east to the left and the image covers 42.1 x 52.6 degrees.
Image centre is located at 22:08:17.8, -35:40:15 (H:M:S, D:M:S, J2000) Astrometric data from

Microscopium (with Grus and Piscis Austrinus)
Best seen in the early evening in September

There's not much to say about Microscopium, except that it requires a considerable imagination to see anything like one in this part of the sky. However, it honors an instrument that, like the telescope, revealed a previously hidden universe. Microscopium and the equally obscure Telescopium were introduced by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 1750s. Not surprisingly, there are no named stars in Microscopium, and Grus and Piscis Austrinus have their own page.

Named stars in this image (Greek alphabet)
Al Dhanab (γ Gru), Alnair (α Gru), Deneb Algedi (δ Cap), Fomalhaut (α PsA), Gruid (β Gru), Nashira (γ Cap), Peacock (α Pav), Skat (δ Aqr).

Constellations adjoining Microscopium
Capricornus, Grus, Indus, Piscis Austrinus, Sagittarius, Telescopium.
Constellations adjoining Grus
Indus, Microscopium, Phoenix Piscis Austrinus, Sculptor, Tucana.
Constellations adjoining Picis Austrinus
Aquarius, Capricornus, Grus, Microscopium, Sculptor.

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David Malin, 2009 October 15