|Visible in Latitudes:||25° thru -90°|
|Best Seen In:||February, 9:00 pm|
|Transit Date:||January 2|
|Right Ascension:||5.41 hours|
|Area:||246.739 sq. degrees|
Pictor was named by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his stay at the Cape of Good Hope between 1751 and 1752. He originally called it Equuleus Pictoris, but it was shortened to Pictor to avoid confusion with Equuleus in the northern hemisphere.