The Pricing of Borescopes Varies Widely
One of the first questions on potential customers’ minds is usually, “What is the cost of a borescope?” Between $100 and $60,000. However, there are many different tools that fall under the category of “borescopes.” They range from rigid borescopes, ideal for applications that require only straight-line access to an inspection target, such as a gun barrel or borehole; all the way to high-end articulating video borescopes with numerous features, used in airplane turbine inspections, power plants, and countless other industries.
Other “borescopes” include semi-rigid scopes and fiberscopes. Semi-rigid borescopes are bendable and best for confined spaces that do not offer room for articulation. Fiberscopes have a lens attached to the end of a fiber optic bundle and are the closest option to video borescopes as far as quality and aptitude. A downside to fiberscopes is that if any of the fiber strands break, tiny black dots (broken pixels) will show up in photos and block viewing paths.