Constellations of Reticulum and Dorado
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Reticulum and Dorado
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Image and text ©2008 Akira Fujii/David Malin Images.

In the picture above, north is at top right and the image covers 18.9 x 23.7 degrees.
Image centre is located at 04:19:07.8, -62:21:14 (H:M:S, D:M:S, J2000) Astrometric data from Astrometry.net.

Reticulum and Dorado
Best seen alongside the LMC in the early evening during the southern summer

Reticulum is another small and insignificant southern constellation introduced by Lacaille in the 1750s. It commemorates a reticle, the cross hairs in an eyepiece used for measuring star positions, from the Latin for 'net' (hence reticulation, network). It is best found by looking for the Large Magellanic Cloud in the adjoining constellation of Dorado.
Dorado, the Goldfish or Swordfish (Xiphias), is a constellation introduced by Johann Bayer, best known for his 1603 star atlas Uranometria, which was the first to cover the entire sky. It is notable mainly for containing most of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), the nearest galaxy to the Milky Way, and many of the links below are to telescopic images of LMC objects.

There are no named stars in the field shown here.

Constellations adjoining Reticulum Dorado, Horologium, Hydrus.
Constellations adjoining Dorado Caelum, Horologium, Hydrus, Mensa, Pictor, Reticulum, Volans.

Related images (other sources -- see also under 'Related Images' on the pages below)

Doradus
AAT 33.     The Henize 70 nebula in the LMC
AAT 42.     Hodge 11, a globular cluster in the LMC
AAT 44.     NGC 2070, the Tarantula nebula and 30 Doradus
AAT 48.     Tarantula nebula in the LMC, with supernova 1987A
AAT 54.     The Seyfert galaxy in Dorado, NGC 1566
UKS 14.     The Large Magellanic Cloud
UKS 15.     The 30 Doradus nebula in the LMC
UKS 16.     Star clouds north of the the Large Magellanic Cloud
UKS 27.     Henize 44 (NGC 1929-37), LMC nebula
UKS 28.     Henize 55/59, (NGC 2014/20) (NGC 2032-40) LMC nebulae

Reticulum
AAT 64.     The starburst galaxy NGC 1313 in Reticulum

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David Malin, 2009 October 15