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MAKE YOUR VERY OWN CAMERA OBSCURA!
camera obscura cross section Wouldn’t it be great if you could see a view of what is happening outside projected on your bedroom wall!

Follow the instructions below and learn how to make your own camera obscura.
In a room
In a room
Shut out all the light from a room by covering the window with a piece of card or hardboard, cut to fit. Bore a hole through the card or board. An upside down moving colour image of the scene outside will appear on a piece of paper held opposite the hole. Experiment with different sizes of holes and see the effect on the image.
 
From a box
From a box
A portable camera obscura can be made out of a cardboard box. First, tape up the box to ensure that no light can penetrate it. Then cut away part of one end of the box and fix a screen of tracing paper across it. At the opposite end cut a 25mm hole in the box, cover this with kitchen foil, tape down the edges and bore a neat round hole through the foil that is no larger than the lead of a pencil. Take the box outside, or to a window, shutting out as much light as possible with a thick blanket. An upside down image of the scene outside will be seen on the screen.
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  What visitors thought
  A fantastically informative tour of Edinburgh and its history. Brilliant!
Paul and Kath Shelvan, Aberdeenshire

Great presentation given with passion and knowledge. A good introduction to Edinburgh and a reminder of my childhood.
Matthew Gregg, Cheshire

Fantastic centre. Visited alone and I feel it made my trip to Scotland much better. Great fun & interesting! Thanks.
Lucy Clarke, Herts

It was excellent, wonderful. Our guide was informative and funny.
Marjorie Harvey, USA

When I last visited I was a child and was enchanted by the views via the Camera Obscura. That quality and sense of wonderment are still there
Visitor Survey

The guide in the Camera Obscura show was a riot! His humour was exceptional and it was obvious he enjoyed his job. I really appreciated his enthusiasm.
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We had a mini guided tour in the Camera Obscura - this really made the visit! Picking people and cars up was a real laugh. I left feeling that I knew the city and locality a whole lot better.
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Seeing the city in bird's eye perspective was amazing and the rest of the exhibition was one big playground. I wish I'd had more time and will definitely come back!
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The staff at the camera obscura were all friendly and smiling and helped to make this visit a very positive experience for our family group which met up in Edinburgh for a few days. Thank you!
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