Basic object information
Object name: IC 2602
Popular name: Southern Pleiades
Object type: Open cluster
Magnitude: 1.6
Size: 100.0'
Number of stars: 60
Magnitude of brightest star: 2.8
Object classification: II 3 m
Description: Cl,incl Theta Car Notes: Theta Car;At edge of Sco-Cen association;30* mag 5...

Catalog information
RA (J2000.0): 10h 42m 54.0s
Dec (J2000.0): -64 24' 00"

Constellation: Carina

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Nangerwalla, Mullewa, Australia
Date/time: 17/18.12.2009 2:15
Telescope: Newton 110/805 mm
Magn: 38x Filter: -
Field: 106' NE Lim.mag: 7.8
SQM: 21.7 (1) Seeing: 2
Visuality: I Height: 44
Weather: +20C  
Southern Pleiades. Four and half degrees south from Eta Carinae lie Southern Pleiades  about 479 light years away. They are not as bright as the northern cousins, but essentially very similar. The brightest star is third mag Theta Carinae when the rest sixty other stars have magnitudes five and upwards. Stars are mainly blue in colour. It's possible to see some faint reflection nebulosity around the brightest stars in good conditions.