South­ern Plei­ades (IC 2602)

Open Clusters - IC 2602 in Carina Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Open Cluster IC 2602 (Cald­well 102) is one of the three major glows in the rich Carina Milky Way, the oth­er two bee­ing NGC 3532 (Cald­well 91) and the Eta Carinae Neb­ula (Cald­well 92). Togeth­er with the dense star­clouds of the attend­ant Milky Way, the sight of these three objects is without ques­tion the most stun­ning in the entire heav­ens. IC 2602 has some 10 stars shin­ing at 6th mag­nitude or bright­er, like the Plei­ades. So the two clusters are really twins.

[descrip­tion from O’Meara]


Taka­hashi FSQ-106EDX III
10Micron GM2000 HPSII
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 130:150:100:100 min.
San Pedro de Atacama — Chile
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart South­ern Plei­ades (IC 2602)

IC 2602 in Carina Sky Chart Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Image cre­ated by Skychart

About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.