|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.
From Canopus draw a line to the Southern Cross. At the midpoint of this line is Miaplacidus: binoculars.
In the same field is upsilon Carinae, a fine binary with a sixth-magnitude companion.