Microscopium Constellation Myths and Facts

Microscopium: The Microscope

Pronunciation: my-cruh-SCOPE-ee-um
Microscopium, The Microscope
Microscopium as depicted by its creator, Nicolas Louis de La Caille.
Microscopium Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Mic Genitive: Microscopii
Origin: Lacaille Location: Southern Hemisphere
Best View (North): Best View (South):
Bordering Constellations: Indus, Grus, Piscis Austrinus, Capricornus, Sagittarius, Telescopium

The Myth Behind the Constellation Microscopium

Microscopium, “the microscope”, is another creation by Nicolas-Louis de La Caille that represents a scientific instrument.  The microscope was invented by a Dutchman, Zacharius Jensen, who was a spectacle maker.  The constellation was titled Microscope on La Caille’s 1756 planisphere, and changed it to Microscopium for the map’s second edition.

Microscopium Constellation Points of Interest

Interesting stars and objects.

Bright Stars in Microscopium

There are no stars in Microscopium with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.