The Constellation Directory


"The Telescope"


By IAU and Sky & Telescope magazine (Roger Sinnott & Rick Fienberg) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Abbreviation: Tel
Genitive: Telescopii
Constellation family: Lacaille
Nearest constellations: Ara, Corona Australis, Indus, Microscopium, Pavo, and Sagittarius
Right ascension: 19.31h
Declination: -50.45°
Visible between latitudes: +40° and -90°
Square degrees: 252
Luminary: Alpha Telescopii
Notable deep sky objects: NGC 6584


Telescopium is a small constellation in the Southern Hemisphere that is best seen in August.

Telescopium was created by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille around 1750 and is one of 15 constellations he developed while at the Cape of Good Hope in Africa.


There is no mythology associated with this constellation.