David, I have used the Nicot kit and it is way more complicated than the description implies. I read the book by Grant Gillard numerous times and if you really want to try Nicot, please read it too. For me, the problem is that you never know when the queen will start laying in the cups so you have to start looking after the 4th day. Then, if the queen has not started, you will need to look again and again until she does. Every one of those inspections messes with the hive and upsets them. By the way, if you cannot see well enough to graft, how are you going to see the eggs in the Nicot cups to know if the queen is laying in them? It will still take magnification. Finally, when you finally release the queen from the cage, which might be 4 to 15 days later, there will be a big shortage of eggs and larvae in the hive and the bees might read that as a failing queen. Even if she starts laying right away, which I have never seen, releasing her on day 4 or 5 lost that hive 4-5 thousand new workers. I have seen a couple of queens get replaced ASAP. Needless to say, I prefer grafting. I too use plenty of magnification and lights. The NICOT experiment was fun but I will not be doing it again.