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Apus

(ay -pŭs) (Bird of Paradise) A small inconspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere near Crux, the brightest stars being just above 4th magnitude. It contains the faint and slightly irregular globular cluster NGC 6101, visible as a misty patch through a small telescope. Abbrev.: Aps; genitive form: Apodis; approx. position: RA 16h, dec –75°; area: 206 sq deg.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006

Apus

[′ā·pəs]
(astronomy)
A constellation with a right ascension of 16 hours and declination of 75°S. Abbreviated Aps.
(vertebrate zoology)
A genus of birds comprising the Old World swifts.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He got out his 78mm refractor with the 30x eyepiece and aimed it at the variable star T Apodis. He had intended to observe T Aps two mornings earlier but 'ran out of dark sky' before he got to it.
Jones woke up before dawn to observe the southern star T Apodis and measure its brightness.
Jones was out observing again, and for the second time, he missed getting a brightness estimate of T Apodis. The reason was different this time.