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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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 p166  Circinus, the Pair of Compasses,

formed by La Caille, lies close to the front feet of the Centaur, south from Lupus and Norma, its inventor appropriately associating it with the latter.

It is the German Zirkel, the French Compas, and the Italian Compasso.

Gould catalogues in it 48 stars down to the 7th magnitude.

The constellation culminates about the middle of June.

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