(IAAC) Obj: IC 2602 (theta Car, Southern Pleiades) - Inst: 10x50 handheld binoculars
Observer: Steve Coe
Your skills: Advanced (many years)
Date/time of observation: February 1998
Location of site: SS Dawn Princess, Caribbean Sea (Lat 15oN, Elev 0m)
Site classification: Exurban(!)
Sky darkness: 4 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 10x50 handheld binoculars (NOT seen naked eye)
Object(s): IC 2602 (theta Car, Southern Pleiades)
Category: Open cluster.
Class: II 3 m
Data: mag 1.9 size 50'
Position: RA 10:43 DEC -64:23
IC 2602 is the southernmost of the three bright clusters that
surround Eta Carina. There are 12 stars resolved in two
groups. This cluster has a wide dark lane down the middle.
It is a sparse cluster, but the stars involved are bright,
I estimate 7th to 9th magnitude. I believe that it is only
because of its low altitude that I cannot see it naked eye.