Microscopium is a small constellation
located in the Southern Hemisphere, named in honor of the microscope
by the French astronomer Abbe Nicolas Louis de Lacaille
. It is a very faint constellation, the brightest star of only about 4th magnitude, and is almost invisible to the naked eye.
Abbe Nicolas Louis de Lacaille mapped the stars of the southern hemisphere
from the Cape of Good Hope
in South Africa in 1750 or so. He named many other constellations after several instruments and inventions, such as Antlia
(The Air pump), Circinus
(the Compasses), Horologium
(The Clock), Telescopium
(The Telescope) and several others.
The constellation itself is located south of Capricornus
and east of Sagittarius
, best viewed in September, although it is of little interest to most astronomers.