Telescopium (Pronounciation:Tele-scope-e-um, Abbrev:Tel, Latin:Telescopii) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Telescopium takes up 251.512 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.61% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means The Telescope . It was not one of the original constellations that had been devised by Ptolemy, instead it was created by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille years later.
Telescopium is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Telescopium is a southern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the northern hemisphere.
The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Telescopium is 904. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 27. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 6.
There are no deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.
The nearest star to Earth is HIP 99701 which is roughly about 20.22 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is PZ Telescopii which is about 167.95 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 97227 which is located about 163081.7 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.
The dimmest star that can be seen in Telescopium with the naked eye is HD 177406. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 5.95. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan
The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.
There is no Greek Legend behind this constellation. It was created by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille to fill in the voids in the astronomical charts.There are no major meteor showers that radiate from within this constellation.
|Is a Zodiac Sign||No|
|Brightest Star||Alpha Telescopii|
|Area||251.512 sq. deg.|
|Percentage of Night Sky||0.61%|
|Site Exoplanet Count||3|
|Meteor Shower Count||0|
|Nearest Star||HIP 99701|
|Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)||PZ Telescopii|
|Dimmest Star||HD 177406|
|Furthest Star||HIP 97227|
|Bright Star Count||27|
|Hipparcos Star Count||904|
|Main Star Count||6|
|Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count||0|
|Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding Constellations||Sagittarius|
*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.
As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.
|Star||Distance (Lt. Yrs.)||Declination||Right Ascension|
|Alpha Telescopii||277.82||-45d 58` 06.0||18h 26m 58.43|
|BL Telescopii||-51d 25` 03.2||19h 06m 38.11|
|Delta1 Telescopii||707.51||-45d 54` 53.1||18h 31m 45.44|
|Delta2 Telescopii||1194.74||-45d 45` 26.5||18h 32m 01.94|
|Epsilon Telescopii||418.16||-45d 57` 15.6||18h 11m 13.78|
|Eta Telescopii||157.26||-54d 25` 25.4||19h 22m 51.18|
|HO Telescopii||1090.85||-46d 51` 42.1||19h 51m 58.93|
|Iota Telescopii||370.64||-48d 05` 56.8||19h 35m 12.99|
|Kappa Telescopii||271.80||-52d 06` 25.7||18h 52m 39.61|
|Lambda Telescopii||611.94||-52d 56` 19.0||18h 58m 27.76|
|Mu Telescopii||112.12||-55d 06` 36.1||19h 30m 34.57|
|Nu Telescopii||161.63||-56d 21` 44.2||19h 48m 01.10|
|PW Telescopii||396.79||-45d 16` 18.1||19h 33m 21.63|
|PZ Telescopii||167.95||-50d 10` 49.1||18h 53m 05.86|
|QQ Telescopii||364.43||-45d 16` 42.8||19h 39m 41.80|
|QV Telescopii||760.29||-56d 01` 24.0||18h 17m 07.54|
|Rho Telescopii||185.00||-52d 20` 26.3||19h 06m 19.92|
|Xi Telescopii||1080.01||-52d 52` 50.9||20h 07m 23.17|
|Zeta Telescopii||126.22||-49d 04` 12.1||18h 28m 49.74|
|K||Light Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k||282|
|F||Yellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k||219|
|G||Yellow 5,200 - 6,000k||214|
|A||White 7,500 - 10,000k||83|
|M||Red Dwarf Star <3,700k||46|
|B||Blue-White 10,500 - 30,000k||32|
|Ib||Less Luminous Supergiant||1|
|sd||sd Type SubDwarf Star||1|
|R||R-Type Carbon Star||1|
|S||S-Type Carbon Star||1|