Celestial Atlas: Constellations
Cetus ←     Chamaeleon: The Chameleon     → Circinus

(possessive form Chamaeleontis, abbreviation Cha) Link for sharing this page on Facebook
     Chamaeleon is one of twelve southern constellations mapped by Dutch explorer Frederick de Houtman and navigator Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser in 1595-97, formed into constellations by Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius, and introduced to the world at large by Johann Bayer in his 1603 Uranometria.

Historical Maps of Chamaeleon
From Bayer's 1603 Uranometria (Image from the USNO copy of the 1661 edition of Bayer's Uranometria)
Portion of Bayer's Uranometria showing the region near Chamaeleon
From Bode's 1801 Uranographia (Image Credit and © Tartu Observatory Virtual Museum; used by permission)
Portion of Bode's Uranographia showing region near Chamaeleon

Modern Map of Chamaeleon
Map of Chamaeleon by Courtney Seligman
Map of Chamaeleon by Courtney Seligman
Constellations Bordering Chamaeleon
Apus, Carina, Mensa, Musca, Octans, Volans

Stars in Chamaeleon
     Stars that have common names often have multiple names, so the common names shown (if any) cannot be considered authoritative. Right ascension and declination are given in 2000.0 coordinates.

α Cha

β Cha

γ Cha
Celestial Atlas: Constellations
Cetus ←     Chamaeleon: The Chameleon     → Circinus