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The advent of miniature digital cameras has opened up opportunities for capturing and sharing both still and video images through a microscope. This workshop by biologist and beekeeper Dr Barry Meatyard will introduce a range of low-cost DIY options for both formal education settings and as a fascinating hobby.

The main focus will be on the relevance to bee biology but a wide range of contexts will be considered and discussed. Participants should have access to a microscope and whatever camera they might use – webcams, phone cameras, pocket digital cameras and digital SLRs can all be used with a bit of ingenuity and scrap materials at low cost.

The Quekett Microscopical Club website has advice about microscopes for children.

In addition, Aberdeen Science Centre is kindly making available 4 microscopes for this event, which will be made available from the Orkney Library without charge for families to access for the workshop and afterwards. To find out more about availability, contact the Festival through

Numbers are limited for this event, and booking is essential. Here is the booking link.

The Festival ticket system is kindly provided by e-availability, Forres and Inverness.

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