Borescope

Looking for a project to make a borescope for inspecting inside walls,drains & small confined areas. Have searched but no luck?? Thanks all.

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I just noticed that the link was none clickable. Here is one that can be clicked on:)  http://www.instructables.com/id/10-Cube-A-Scope-WebcamLamp-Hybrid-Boroscope/
I used it with a 25ft USB extension, and it still seemed to work fine.
Coolerman (author) 5 years ago
Webcam seems to be the way to go. Next question?? How long a USB cord could i use before it would stop work due to line lose in the cable???
I just made one here https://www.instructables.com/id/10-Cube-A-Scope-WebcamLamp-Hybrid-Boroscope/ it was really easy to make, and will help me on the job and off. Was very easy and super cheap(free).
Coolerman (author) 6 years ago
Tried dismantling a cell phone with camera included as I was looking for something portable & smaller than a lap top. Problem was the tiny connector that attaches CCD of the lense assembly to the board on the phone, very short ribbon cable and small?? Thought about trying to solder tiny wires on both ends to larger connectors but you would need a microscope & the steady hands of a brain surgeon. So in the end a cell phone camera assembly would work & you could view it directly on the phone screen but!!! big but how to make that transition from tiny to something managable?? any ideas anyone??

Been away from this post for awhile but project still in back of my mind?? Help.
PKM7 years ago
Remove the housing from a webcam and get it as small as you can, add some LEDs (potentially running from the USB power lines if they are low-powered enough, or just tape down the switch on a keyring torch and attach that), attach the lot to the end of a long USB extender cable, plug into a computer, go.

As for making it "steerable" like an endoscope, that's probably quite tricky.
Boglesnurf7 years ago
I've been thinking more along the line of mounting a ccd chip and some tiny (but freakishly BRIGHT!!) SMD LED's on a tiny board (~ 1/2" ??) and running the wiring through the tube, hook the whole mess to a USB port on a laptop or netbook. Of course, being the mad inventor type, a rigid scope just won't do... I just HAVE to make it at least slightly articulated, but I'm having no luck finding a breakdown for how such scopes are built.

By the way, an endoscope is a medical device (endo = inside) for use inside living critters; it's sterilizable (usually a liquid solution) without harm to the scope, and a borescope is industrial, for use on machinery & such. It isn't sterilizable.
joknrok9 years ago
I too have been longing for a diy borescope/endoscope (what's the difference anyway?). The #1 use I want it for is looking inside spark plug holes and head ports.. so it would be best if it was flexible all the way to the tip, unlike the pencam. Isn't there a fiber optic style scope? What type of fiber optic cable can transmit an image, as well as light? If that exists, that would be very simple and well, awesome! Lets keep this dream alive, and keep looking and posting any findings here folks.
gmoon9 years ago
I have a use for one of these thingies, too (and had done some preliminary research.) But if others are in the works, I'll just wait and learn.... :-)
Kiteman9 years ago
There's an endoscope on sale on ebay
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