The Deep Photographic Guide to the

The constellations of the month

Indus, Microscopium

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Latin: Indus, Microscopium (Ind, Mic)
English: Indian, Microscope   Spanish: Indio, Microscopio
German: Inder, Mikroskop French: Indien, Microscope

Indus (at bottom) and Microscopium (above) are quite faint constellations of the southern hemisphere (see lines). Microscopium can be found just south of Capricornus and in between the more known constellations Piscis Austrinus and Sagittarius.

In mid of September the constellations Indus and Microscopium culminate at about 9:30 pm local time. The declination of the constellation borders reaches from -75 to -37 degrees. Microscopium can be seen even from mid northern latitudes. Brightest star of Indus is alpha Indii with only 3.2 mag, visible to the right of the image center. Microscopium has only stars of 4.7 mag or fainter.

There are no bright deep sky objects in Indus and Microscopium. The field offers many galaxies, however, they are all about 12th magnitude or fainter.

© all photographs taken by Till Credner and Sven Kohle