The Telescope

Telescopium Constellation

Origin of the Constellation

Telescopium is another one of the constellations invented by Abbe Nicholas Louis de Lacaille who mapped the stars of the southern hemisphere from the Cape of Good Hope in the years from 1751 to 1753.

De La Caille created the constellation to honor the invention of the telescope. It represents one of the large 17th and 18th century refracting telescopes hung by cords from cords from poles and known as "aerial telescopes." Such a telescope was used by the astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini at the Paris Observatory. Cassini is known, among other things, for his studies of the planets.  


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Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
St. Cloud State University,St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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