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    Need a Boroscope

    Need it for looking into ceiling cavity so not looking for a real good one.
    Is the HF one worth it?
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    Re: Need a Boroscope

    Don - those HF borescopes have very short cables. You might need something that you can snake a couple of feet.

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    Re: Need a Boroscope

    Not sure for this use if I need anything long
    Just need to shoot it in a ceiling chase, between floors, to see what surprises I might find before I open it up to run an exhaust vent through it
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    Re: Need a Boroscope

    If you only need it for occasional use and don't have to have TV quality, consider the very inexpensive USB endoscopes available on eBay and Amazon. You will find them with a variety of lengths, resolutions, and degrees of flexibility. Once plugged into your laptop or phone you configure it and use it as a webcam. The one I bought is 720p. It allowed me to inspect the inside of my Mini's LH fuel tank. I chose a highly flexible model and later found when I did need a more rigid setup all I needed to do is tape the cord and camera head to a length of coat hanger. While not perfect, at only about $15 it exceeded my expectations.
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    Re: Need a Boroscope

    Think of the money you can save by doing your own colonoscopy.
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    Re: Need a Boroscope

    I have one of those cheap Chinese boroscopes that you plug into your phone (and even has a light). It's really not bad. Cost maybe $10.
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    Re: Need a Boroscope

    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyRick View Post
    Think of the money you can save by doing your own colonoscopy.
    I was laughing so hard I couldn't breath...

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    Re: Need a Boroscope

    The cheap ones are fine for checking inside walls etc, but a higher quality scope is needed for checking cylinder bores, the cheap scopes are grainey in detail, but will find a truck if one is parked in there!

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    Re: Need a Boroscope

    Quote Originally Posted by PAUL161 View Post
    The cheap ones are fine for checking inside walls etc, but a higher quality scope is needed for checking cylinder bores, the cheap scopes are grainey in detail, but will find a truck if one is parked in there!
    Exactly !

    As I mentioned in my earlier post, the USB endoscopes don't have great resolution but they are good enough for "macro" work. In my case I wanted to see how badly corroded the inside of a fuel tank was. Later, working with the camera in the tank and strong external lighting I used the camera to locate pinholes. The USB endoscope represented $15 well spent but it was not movie quality.
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