Constellation Telescopium (Telescope)

Constellation Telescopium (Telescope)

The Telescope (lat. Telescopium) is an inconspicuous constellation of the southern hemisphere. Only one of its stars in the area of 252 square degree area is brighter than the fourth magnitude. 

How to spot Telescopium

Telescopium can be seen in summer, preferably in August. The constellation is located south of Sagittarius, between the Corona Australis, Ara and Indus.


After the invention of the telescope, the French astronomer Nicolas de Lacaille named some constellations of the southern hemisphere that had not been recognized before. Unlike the 48 constellations of antiquity, which bear the names of mythological figures, he often used the name of technological novelties for the new constellations. With the "Tubus Astronomicus" he wanted to remember the telescopes of the observatory in Paris.

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