Intro and Visual description
Special Stars: Alpha-Tucanae. Magnitude 2.9, orange. 114 LY.
Star Clusters: 47 Tucanae, often regarded as one of the most beautiful globular clusters, lies directly in front of the Small Magellenic Cloud. 15,000 LY.
Galaxies: See the description of the Small Magellenic Cloud on the web page for Dorado the Swordfish.
Origin and History
One of the eleven southern constellations created by Pieter Dirksz Keyser and Frederick de Houtman in 1596. These were published in Plate Aaa of Johann Bayer, Uranographia (1603).