Intro and Visual description
Octans the Octant is devoid of bright stars, but three faint stars (not numbered by brightness) make a small triangle.
The south celestial pole actually lies within Octans. No RA (visible anytime).
The nearest easy-to-spot star to the south pole is Beta-Hydri in Hydrus the Little Snake. No brighter star than Achernar (alpha-Eridani) is closer to the south celestial pole, which lies midway between Achernar (Eridanus) and Crux.