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Starrett is arriving late into the digital inspection scope arena with their recently-introduced inspection scope. Made in the USA, the scope features an auto-focus digital camera with a full-color resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The camera can focus on object anywhere from 0.4″ to infinity and displays the image on a 2.5″ LCD with a 55° degree viewing angle.

Powered by 4 AA batteries, the device lasts 4 hours on average. Dual LED’s give can be set to three different intensity levels. The inspection scope comes with either a 3′ or a 6′ water-resistant shaft that measures .42″ in diameter at its widest point and can be bent in a 2.5″ radius circle. It also has an RCA output that will connect to an NTSC monitor.

The scope ships with a magnet that can lift 0.25 lb and a mirror that allows you see at right angles to the shaft. These accessories store in a protective case with the scope. There’s seemingly only one legitimate place selling Starrett’s inspection scope right now: Dynamite Tool. They charge $430 for the version with the six-foot shaft.

Inspection Scope [Starrett]
Inspection Scope
[Dynamite Tool]

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4 Responses to Starrett’s New Inspection Scope

  1. fred says:

    This equipment keeps getting better. We were early users of Ridgid See Snake equipment for pipeline inspection. They keep turning out better – more ruggedized monitors and the new one we got has DVD recording.

  2. Mike says:

    You should take a look at the extech borescope br200 for 299 with wireless monitor.

  3. Zathrus says:

    Wow, not only late, but also uglier and more expensive than the competition.

    Go for the Milwaukee M12 version or the Ridgid versions — they’re cheaper and have more features. And there are numerous higher priced options with some really nice features as fred and Mike point out (or, compared to this, lower priced…)

    I bought the first generation Milwaukee w/ AA’s when it was onsale at Amazon. As a DIYer it’s already come in use for a couple projects, and I still haven’t tackled the two projects that I originally wanted it for.

  4. Lenny Nero says:

    I have the SnapOn BK5500. I love the fact that the imager head is only 8mm in diameter. This makes getting into cylinders through sparkplug holes or into diesel cylinders through the injector holes possible… In the past I’ve used fiberoptic borescopes and the video-head units beat them hands down on image quality. Also, the 120″ extension head is unbelievable for digging up inside vehicle vent ducting to check out damper movement or ac/heater core leaks or linting.

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