The Association has one Flir c2 thermal camera for the use of members.
What is a thermal camera, you may ask, and how does it work?
A thermal camera is a small, hand-held device which looks a little bit like a mini version of a speed gun. It produces an image of what you are pointing at, where colours indicate the temperature of each feature of the landscape. It does so by collecting the amount of heat (in the form of infra-red light, which is beyond the visible range) coming from each part of the landscape. In the photo below of a fellow member, one can see that the beekeeper’s moustache and nose are considerably cooler (green) than the rest of their face (red/white), confirming that the image was taken during a cold winter association meeting!
What can a beekeeper use a thermal camera for?
Beyond the power to capture comical pictures of your friends, a thermal camera can be used to obtain a whole range of information about your colonies without disturbing them; from whether or not you have heat losses in your hives, to getting a feel for the size of the cluster in the middle of winter, to detecting where your bees are most active within a hive (see example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ydVq4ZgEQ). It can also be an invaluable tool if you suspect bees have moved into your walls (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trxDJxvBUOU).
Borrowing Rules: The thermal camera is for the use of financial members only. A $50 deposit is collected to ensure timely and clean return of the equipment.
Bookings: Contact Dermot AsIs Sha’Non on 0402 201 450 ( Macgregor)