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The Telescope

Constellation of the southern sky

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Constellation FamilyLa Caille
Celestial QuadrantSQ4
Right Ascension18h11 to 20h32
Declination-45.5° to -56.5°
Area (sq deg)252
Brightest StarAlpha Telescopii
Optimum VisibilityJuly / August (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
TelescopiumThe faint constellation of the Telescope lies at the southern feet of Centaurus the Centaur and eastward of the tail of Scorpius the Scorpion. It is perhaps most easily located as lying directly southward of the arc of stars that make up Corona Australis,the Southern Crown.
Map of Telescopium Map of Telescopium

It is natural that there should be a group of stars dedicated to the telescope, but this region is a sparse area of the sky with no significant bright stars. It lies in the southern sky, close to Peacock, the brightest star of Pavo.


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