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This webpage reproduces a section of
Star Names
Their Lore and Meaning

Richard Hinckley Allen

as reprinted
in the Dover edition, 1963

The text is in the public domain.

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 p214  Equuleus Pictoris, the Painter's Easel,

was formed, and thus named, by La Caille, but also has been called Pluteum Pictoris; astronomers know it as Pictor. It is the Chevalet du Peintre, or the Palette, of the French; the Pittore of the Italians; and the Malerstaffelei of the Germans.

The constellation lies just south of Columba, between Canopus and the south pole of the ecliptic in Dorado, La Caille assigning to it 14 stars, of from 3½ to 5½ magnitudes; but Gould catalogued 67 down to the 7th.

Near its ε, and close to Columba, Kapteyn recently has discovered an 8.2‑magnitude orange-yellow star having a proper motion of 8ʺ.7 annually, thus much exceeding that of Goombridge's 1830 Ursae Majoris, hitherto the Flying Star.

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