|No star of the constellation exceeds the magnitude 3,5.
|Weak equatorial constellation, situated to the south of Leo.
The brightest star, alpha Sextantis, is of magnitude 4,5. The only interesting object is NGC 3115 (reproduced here on the right), a small galaxy, seen in profile: it is of tenth magnitude and to see it you need a telescope of average power.
|The constellation was drawn in 1687 by Johannes Hevelius. At first called Sextans Uraniae, it represents the tool used to measure the position of the stars.