Telescopium is a minor southern constellation identified by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille, the 18th century French astronomer, a student of the southern skies. It was named after the Latinized Greek word for telescope. Since it was introduced in the 17th century, and, as a southern constellation, was not visible to Mediterranean culture, there is no earlier mythology associated with it.
There are no European names for stars in this constellation. China did assign names to α Tel as We, meaning danger, and β Tel as Chuen Shwo, with a mythological meaning.
1. ^ "Starry Night Photography: Telescopium Constellation". Retrieved on October 12, 2007.
* Ian Ridpath and Wil Tirion (2007). Stars and Planets Guide, Collins, London. ISBN 978-0007251209. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0691135564.
* Richard Hinckley Allen, Star Names, Their Lore and Legend, New York, Dover.
Sagittarius and Corona Australis, Microscopium, and Telescopium
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