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A low quality fiberscope observing the inside of an antique clock mechanism. Note how individual fibers are discernable, as each fiber only relays one general color.


A fiberscope is a flexible fiber optic bundle with an eyepiece at one end, and a lens at the other.



Uses[]

It is used for inspection work, often to examine small components in tightly packed equipment, when the inspector cannot easily access the part requiring inspection.

Users[]

Fiberscopes are generally used in medicine, machining, computer repair etc.

Construction[]

It has a wide-angle object lens. The eyepiece is occasionally connected to a camera.

Other features[]

Some fiberscopes use an additional fiber to carry light from an external source to illuminate the material being inspected, for clearer viewing. The light uses generally LEDs.

Quality[]

All fiberscopes introduce a certain amount of image distortion; much of this is similar to the distortion of modern night vision equipment.

Quartz fiberscopes can reach lengths of up to about 90 m (300 ft).

See also[]

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