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Old 12-05-2018, 06:32 AM
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Default Monkey's Boroscope

Is anyone else wondering what Monkey is using as a Bluetooth camera to feed a boroscope picture to his phone? Seems like an ideal Christmas present!

Does anyone have a link?

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Old 12-05-2018, 07:23 AM
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I bought this one a few weeks ago. Have not peeked into my cylinders yet but I did check that it works. Amazing how inexpensive this stuff has gotten...

https://www.amazon.com/Skybasic-Endo...wifi+endoscope
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:46 AM
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I bought this one a few weeks ago. Have not peeked into my cylinders yet but I did check that it works. Amazing how inexpensive this stuff has gotten...

https://www.amazon.com/Skybasic-Endo...wifi+endoscope
Jeff, I see it has a supplied mirror, but will the "semi-rigid" cable bend back on itself 180 degrees in a small enough loop to pass through a spark plug hole? It would be nice if the camera could be pointed at the valves, rather than viewing them with the mirror.
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Old 12-05-2018, 08:57 AM
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Jeff, I see it has a supplied mirror, but will the "semi-rigid" cable bend back on itself 180 degrees in a small enough loop to pass through a spark plug hole? It would be nice if the camera could be pointed at the valves, rather than viewing them with the mirror.
I have one of these cheap USB scopes and they honestly aren't very good for bore scoping. The mirror does work but it's a bit finicky to position since the head is flopping around in the bore and you can only control it by sort of twisting the wire and hoping it flops into a good position. You can kinda look at the piston and cylinder wall but again it's a matter of getting it to flop into the right position.

I haven't used it but the ViVidia Ablescope VA-400 seems to be a more common scope to use since it's rigid and is articulating. It's what Mike Busch's AOPA article recommends and runs about $200.
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:20 AM
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I got one of these based on a VAF posting -

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079GV58Z6/

It has the advantage it will fold back on itself to look 'up' at valves

It's not too bad, but a neighbor just bought an Ablescope VA-400...
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:30 AM
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I got one of these based on a VAF posting -

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079GV58Z6/

It has the advantage it will fold back on itself to look 'up' at valves

It's not too bad, but a neighbor just bought an Ablescope VA-400...
That one is interesting. Note available resolution is 1280 x 720, rather than the VA-400's 640 x 480. The VA-400 is nice, but low-res images can be grainy, and fool you into thinking you're seeing things you're not.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:11 AM
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That one is interesting. Note available resolution is 1280 x 720, rather than the VA-400's 640 x 480. The VA-400 is nice, but low-res images can be grainy, and fool you into thinking you're seeing things you're not.
I'll use both soon on my Tiger and see if I can post some pics.

The bend into place of the wi-fi version is 'fiddley' but does work. The connection to the iPhone was no problem when I worked out the basic iPhone camera view app worked.

The wi-fi end of the cheap one does seem to lose battery power when it's not used - may be a poor on/off switch. Just charge it with your USB kindle power cable before use.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:26 AM
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I got one of these based on a VAF posting -

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079GV58Z6/

It has the advantage it will fold back on itself to look 'up' at valves
Close reading of the Amazon page shows no mention of a mirror included with this scope and no mention of an articulating function. I was ready to buy it until I looked closely. I suppose if you had a tiny assistant inside the cylinder, it could be bent to inspect the valves and then straightened to allow withdrawal ;<) Let me know if I'm wrong on this.

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Old 12-05-2018, 11:55 AM
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Close reading of the Amazon page shows no mention of a mirror included with this scope and no mention of an articulating function. I was ready to buy it until I looked closely. I suppose if you had a tiny assistant inside the cylinder, it could be bent to inspect the valves and then straightened to allow withdrawal ;<) Let me know if I'm wrong on this.
I think the plan is to just tape it to a coat hanger wire so when inserted through a plug hole, it points back toward the head.
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Old 12-05-2018, 11:58 AM
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Close reading of the Amazon page shows no mention of a mirror included with this scope and no mention of an articulating function. I was ready to buy it until I looked closely. I suppose if you had a tiny assistant inside the cylinder, it could be bent to inspect the valves and then straightened to allow withdrawal ;<) Let me know if I'm wrong on this.

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Yes, that is not correct.

It is small enough that you can fold back the camera on itself and tape it to the flat stiff cable. It is then small enough to poke it through the spark plug hole and wiggle it such that the valves can be seen. The flat cable is stiff but quite bendable.

The camera is only 1/3 inch diameter and will fit through the 0.7 inch plug hole with the cable bent back on itself.
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