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Pictor

The Easel

Abbreviation: Pic
Genitive: Pictoris

The constellation of Pictor

French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille travelled to South Africa in the mid-eighteenth century where he constructed an observatory and spent two years observing the southern skies. Not only did he catalogue nearly 10,000 southern stars, he also surveyed 42 'nebulous' objects and devised over a dozen new constellations. One of those constellations was Pictor, the painters' easel, and originally called Equuleus Pictoris.