|Beta Carinae is called Miaplacidus, possibly meaning Placid Waters, referring to the Argo Navis, the ship of the Argonauts. Carina forms the keel of the ship.
Located in the southern portion of the constellation, the star is convenient for starhopping.
To find beta, from Canopus draw a line to the Southern Cross. At the midpoint of this line is Miaplacidus: binoculars.
The Mira-type variable R Carinae is one binocular field north: binoculars. R Carinae ranges in magnitude from about 4.0 to around 10; it has a period of 309 days. Click on R on the map for more details.
In the same field is upsilon Carinae, a fine telescopic binary (labelled Rmk 11) with a sixth-magnitude companion: