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a 0.2inch dia. borescope for $50.00 Take my money!

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Wow $50.00! 0.2inchl head USB from Win10 laptop!
"Teslong Rifle Bore Scope, 0.2inch Gun Barrel Borescope Camera with Short Focus Camera, Side-View Mirror, for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android "
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TT ... =jdteta-20
Actual video here (pretty scary stuff)!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnMyLAO ... e=youtu.be
It looks lengthwise or sideways with the included 90° mirror

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Re: a 6mm dia. borescope for $50.00 Take my money!

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6mm? Link says 20 caliber (.20”).

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Sorry, typo. should have been "5mm"

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This one here for $15 or less does pretty darn good! Also has the 90-degree mirror. I tape it to a ramrod to look at the bore of my 4' to 5' long muzzleloader barrels:

http://www.surplusrifleforum.com/viewto ... ope#p18676

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Black & white, yes? I found the color information worth the extra cash! But horses for courses.

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I just heard back from the makers. Its good for a 40" length of travel, thats bore & breech or a long bore from the muzzle end.
Placed an order & I'll do a range report when it arrives & I practice a bit with it.

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UPDATE! Unpacking & 1st impressions

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I thought you guys might be interested in this little goody.
US$ 50.oo Telsong endoscope review.

Unpacking:
Comes in a nice little 7” X 5” X 2” clam-shell case with a zip.
Inside is the flex USB cable with its 2 USB & Mini USB connectors, the other has the actual semi-rigid bore-scope (good for a 40” run), more than enough, for example for a Lee Enfield No4 from the breech end, including the chamber & action. There is a lock-nut & the threaded 45° mirror attachment for sideways viewing. More on that later.
The 2 are connected by a multi pin plug & socket with a keyed alignment for use.
There are also a minimal (at best) instruction leaflet,a pack of alcohol wipes (for cleaning the mirror & lens ends, if needed & some bumf, misc advertising & warranty cards.

Setup:
Urk! Seriously it could be better, but it does work in the end!
You go to a website & download a file & unzip it, run it, then find it (there is no shortcut its in a folder called “NTE”, probably in your “documents” folder) create a shortcut & open it. Then you manually create a directory for the app & the files created. It seems from my first impression to ONLY generate an .AVI file.
Once that's done connect the 2 halves & plug into the USB port you like. Now run the software. It says there are 2 sets, on for the camera & the other for an app that uses the camera. My Win 10 blocks the camera app so I can only use the “AmCap” file with its own setup.

USE:
“First time out of the gate” is klutzy.
You have to create a folder for the files it will generate, It doesn't do it, again its manual. I just made one called “bore-scope” in the” Videos” section of Win 10.
Now you connect the camera & turn it on. Then you turn on the lights in the head & adjust them, a simple turn a wheel setting on the cable.
Next you set the focus. This is a bit tricky you have to manually set it for every bore diameter, closer to the lens for bigger bores, further for small ones. You see a live feed on your monitor in a small window onscreen which you can simply drag to enlarge. Then lock the mirror in place with the lock-nut.
My big problem, as a new user was getting used to the head “flopping about” in the bore, it flaps about going in & out of focus as you maneuver it. I think I'm going to make some kind of sleeve at close to bore dia. to cure this, its bad particularly if you rotate the rod to look around laterally.

Software:
Overly complex for a simple video recording!
You have to create a file, store the (empty) file, set the video up & capture it, THEN you also have to save the captured file or you loose it. There are a few nice options like frame capture rate you can set to your preferences. You MUST create & store a new file name every time you do a capture or when saving a new one it will overwrite the named file. There will be no warning.
I've not found a “View file” option yet, that is done by opening the saved file in any windows video app that supports .AVI files.

What does it show?
EVERYTHING! & at close up high magnification. Its rather disconcerting at first it does look pretty terrifying! Seriously look at a known really nice bore FIRST, then you'll have a frame of reference for all the others.
My really nice No4 Mk2 looks filthy & metal plated, its my best bore & has been meticulously maintained. My No1 MkIII looks like a rusty sewer & that's after cleaning! Visually before I'd have called “Frosted”!

Conclusion:
Its a useful tool if a little clumsily executed, it does let you see things you never knew about for example I'm changing my cleaning methods & running some JB bore paste through both the No1 & The No5, something I don't normally do. Afterwards Ill run the scope through again & see what improvements I've made. The actual scope & its hardware is nice, but the software desperately needs help.
I suffer from a thing called “Essential Tremor” which makes my hands tremble sometimes, its a pain when guiding something like the scope, I did find its easier to push in fully, then pull back to record as it gives a much smoother motion & its easier to run it slowly, which is important. Rotating the scope (which you need to do because of the mirror looking sideways takes a little practice, the flex shaft in the bore & the external USB is kind of “springy” when doing it.
Would I but it again?
YES! But I'd get some better software to run it now the drivers are installed so the computer recognizes the USB camera.

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Got the camera working with both WinDoze10 as a webcam & through its own webcam software. This allows me to edit in WinDoze Movie Maker & convert to MP4 for U-Tube.
Lo & Behold the guts of my minty No4 Mk2.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pauLAud-jRo

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Tommy Atkins wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:08 pm
Black & white, yes? I found the color information worth the extra cash! But horses for courses.
Duh ... I guess I missed that part, haha!

But wait a minute ... the lens only sees ‘whatever color that is there’, as the image is read by a color tablet or laptop. So maybe the bore of that Trapdoor is what is ‘black & white’, LOL!

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I'm not sure. Did you watch the video I posted? there's plenty of color in my bore, mostly copper!

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Video is private. But great report.
Sounds like they need to seriously rethink the software.
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Do not use the software that comes with the cameras. They have been known to contain viruses and malware among other things.

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Airforce1 wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:57 pm
Do not use the software that comes with the cameras. They have been known to contain viruses and malware among other things.
Ha, it is my ‘conspiracy theory’ that the Chinese load some type of tracker on any of their software or apps ... so they know where are the gun owners are when they go to take over the US and the world. In other words, I don’t trust them. I use my system on a Google tablet that is not used for anything else and cannot even connect to the Internet.

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The software was virus & malware checked before unzipping & again afterwards.
Its klutzy but fine.
I'm actually using WinDoze10's software for webcams because it lets me edit in MS "Movie Maker", translate the file type for publishing on U Tube & so on. File translators are the worst for malware.
As far as I'm concerned it already paid for itself today. I had a SMLE that was an OK shooter, but no more. I put it down to age & wear. Well I looked into the bore that i've cleaned several times with what I consider a good regimen of materials & technique.
(M-por7 Bore cleaner & copper solvent interwoven as directed.)
The bore-scope revealed lots of ugly "black lumps" of something.
I cleaned it again this time with J.B. Bore paste, a non-imbeddding, but abrasive cleaner.
It looked like a totally different barrel.
I then shot some 100yd groups with it & the group size dropped from 4 1/2" to 2 1/4".
I'm good with that I'd looked visually at the bore I it looked clean & shiny, but it wasn't.

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