Volans (or as shown in the historical maps below, Piscis Volans) 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 Volans
From Bayer's 1603 Uranometria (Image Credit: USNO copy of the 1661 edition of Bayer's Uranometria)
Nebecula Major is the Large Magellanic Cloud, and the South Celestial Pole is near top left
From Bode's 1801 Uranographia (Image Credit and © Tartu Observatory Virtual Museum; used by permission)
Map of Volans
Modified version of Wikimedia Commons map by Torsten Bronger
Constellations Bordering Volans
Carina, Chamaeleon, Dorado, Mensa, Pictor
Stars in Volans
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.