Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Carina (Car)  ·  Contains:  IC 2602  ·  The star θCar  ·  tet Car  ·  tet Car Cluster
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IC 2602

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IC 2602, 



    
        

            Alan Karty
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IC 2602

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi TOA-150

Imaging cameras: FLI MicroLine 16200

Mounts: Astro-Physics 1600GTO

Software: Pixinsight 1.8.8.5 Ripley

Filters: Astrodon 50 mm Red  ·  Astrodon 50 mm Green  ·  Astrodon 50mm Blue

Accessory: FLI Atlas Focuser


Frames:
Astrodon 50 mm Green: 24x300" (2h) -25C bin 1x1
Astrodon 50 mm Red: 25x300" (2h 5') -25C bin 1x1
Astrodon 50mm Blue: 26x300" (2h 10') -25C bin 1x1

Integration: 6h 15'


Astrometry.net job: 3791546

RA center: 10h 43' 29"

DEC center: -64° 21' 21"

Pixel scale: 1.129 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 5.461 degrees

Field radius: 0.903 degrees


Resolution: 4500x3600

Data source: Amateur hosting facility

Remote source: DeepSkyWest

Description

IC 2602, generally known as the Southern Pleiades, is an open cluster in the constellation Carina that was discovered by Abbe Lacaille in 1751 from South Africa. Easily seen with the naked eye, this cluster is one of the closest to us, whose distance is about 167.7 parsecs (547 light-years) away from Earth.

The Southern Pleiades (IC 2602) has a total apparent magnitude of 1.9, which is 70% fainter than the Taurean Pleiades, and contains about seventy-four stars. It is the third-brightest open cluster in the sky, following the Hyades. Like its northern counterpart, the Southern Pleiades spans a sizeable area of sky, approximately 50 arcminutes, so it is best viewed with large binoculars or telescope with a wide-angle eyepiece.

θ Carinae is the brightest star within the open cluster, with the apparent visual magnitude of +2.74. p Carinae (PP Carinae) is another third-magnitude star known to be a member of IC 2602, although it lies well outside the main visible grouping of stars. All the other members the cluster are of the fifth magnitude and fainter.

IC 2602 is likely about the same age as the open cluster IC 2391, which has a lithium depletion boundary age of 50 million years old, though the accepted age from its HR-Diagram is about 13.7 million years. IC 2602 stars are also all likely a part of the Lower Scorpius-Centaurus Association.

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IC 2602, 



    
        

            Alan Karty