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« on: March 25, 2019, 06:19:46 pm »

Hi all.

Can anyone tell me were I can get a small flexible inspection light that is small enough to fit down the neck of a snuff bottle, to enable one to light up bottles from the inside. Thanks in advance.

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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2019, 06:23:07 pm »

I have never been able to find one JasonÖ
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2019, 09:00:42 pm »

Jason,

Giovanni made a great suggestion: try using led tape light you can get in a hardware store. Very thin, and very flexible.

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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2019, 03:17:56 am »

Hi Jason,

I found one on ebay from a Chinese supplier. The part that holds the bulb is 9mm diameter so it won't fit into the neck of many bottles but the bulb is narrower so it is good for lighting up the interior so you can see or photograph bottles lit from the inside. It was only a few pounds but I think I searched for "flexible lights" on ebay.

Finding one small enough to go into the neck so you can then look down into the bottle through the neck to check hollowing for instance might be harder. You could try a model shop as some scale models use miniature bulbs as do some dolls houses and you could adapt something.

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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2019, 05:51:54 am »

Hi Jason,

I actually purchased this a while ago - a camera with a light on the end:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B071FQ4B59/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Didn't find anything that interesting inside my SBs though, but interesting looking around as it produces a video you can look over too. I believe a lady called Jill Guojie sells those lights - I emailed her direct and she mailed me one. Maybe easier to buy off eBay though.

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Luke
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2019, 02:02:10 pm »

Hi Luke,

So diameter of 5.5mm is the smallest endoscope we can find.

Could you please post couple photos taken from inside of a bottle by your endoscope?  I am thinking to buy one.

Thanks.

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2019, 03:50:09 pm »

Hi all,

Thanks for all your input, I will look into your suggestions. Rube what do you mean by a tape light? do you mean a string of lights on a roll?

Regards Jason.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2019, 05:26:15 pm »

Hi Yi,

Yes the 5.5mm was the best I could find but I got this one 2 years ago, so there could be a smaller camera out now. I forgot to say I can only look inside 3 of roughly 12 bottles, so not ideal. Let me try and find the endoscope as Iíve recently moved house and itís in a box somewhere, but Iíll post a pic/video. The photo quality is ok... the light on the camera is nice as you can adjust the brightness with a dial.

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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2019, 05:54:10 pm »

Vanessa Holden in Singapore used to have them.  They have a flexible, lighted probe that goes down into the bottle and illuminates it from within which shows off inclusions, imperfections and color variations.  Unfortunately, I no longer have her address but an internet search may find her.

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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2019, 09:54:32 pm »

Jason,

It's  small flexible led strip lighting that comes in various lengths and has an adhesive backing. I use it for lighting cabinets and such.

But I've never tried it down a snuff bottle, and am not sure if it's better than any of the flexible endoscopes currently for sale.

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2019, 04:50:41 pm »

Jill Guojie & Li Hui have them.
This is her email:  guojill69@yahoo.com

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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2019, 04:59:27 pm »

Thank you Joey, I will check them out. Rube, that's what I assumed you ment. Wink

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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2019, 05:08:44 pm »

I've always thought it resembled an anal probe as used by aliens kidnapping residents of Earth.
Oddly enough,  one never hears that they picked up anyone from a university; always people from the back of beyond.

Of course G-D Knows, those Uni types are so full of BS as a rule, the poor Aliens who fall in and never be found... Grin
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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2019, 04:18:56 pm »

Dear Jason,
actually I do not use a LEDs strip to inspect the inside of the bottles. That is suitable for vases but too big for the bottles.
The best thing, in my opinion, is what you see here below. Unfortunately it is not ready to buy, you should look for the help of somebody who has a soldering iron. Nothing difficult, for sure there is somebody within the circle of your friends.
You need to buy at an electronic spare parts store a white mini LED. It works at about 1,8 Volt, so you need also, from the same shop, a voltage adapter of 1.5 Volt, or a single battery of 1.5 Volt.
The advantage is that the mini LED has a diameter of only 3.2 millimeter, so it is suitable to go through even the smallest opening of the snuff bottles. In the picture, it is placed near the standard opening of a glass SB.
You can connect two very thin wires, so they are not disturbing the inspection. See the last picture, where you can see the bottom of a glass bottle.
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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2019, 04:39:40 pm »

Having used Giovanni's light tool many times when I've had the privilege of visiting him and his gracious wife Betty and family, I can attest to its usefulness.
And to the delicious pizza they've made me in their own pizza oven in the garden. Although a wonderful pizzeria is 10 min. drive away, and a superb trattoria is only 4 min. away by car.
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2019, 05:11:41 am »

Dear Joey, just yesterday I have full loaded the oven with wood, ready for the next time! Grin Grin
Thank you for your kind words
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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2019, 03:18:19 pm »

Dear Giovanni,

    Shame on you for exciting me over leavened food just a few weeks before Passover, when we are forbidden leavened foods!  Shocked Roll Eyes Grin
Now I won't be able to stop drooling, thinking of the wonderful pizza at your home and in the pizzeria [Ristorante Pizzeria Astra 2] in Quarto, and the wonderful pastas I had in your home and in Trattoria Regina in Quarto as well.

    After Passover, I hope to come visit.

Seriously, thank you for your wonderful hospitality.
My Best to the whole family and Fausto and his family, as well.
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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2019, 03:16:23 pm »

Thank you dear Joey, you are welcome!
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« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2019, 03:18:51 pm »

Regarding the inspection lamp, you might want to contact Clare Chu or Susan Page.  I know in the past they have had access to them.  Good luck finding one.  I do treasure mine that was a gift from Robert Hall many years ago. 
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« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2019, 04:43:58 pm »

Hi all,

This small and very specialised forum never ceases to amaze me! On no other forum I am on would you be able to discuss such topics as inspection lamps, Anal probes either by or to aliens, the joy of wood burning Pizza ovens, whether god believes in aliens and his views on the minds of some people who go to university which I also agree with. The restrictions of your diet depending on which god you believe in and whether I am more likely to get a treated to an alien probe as I live in the back of beyond! I look forward to my next visit to the forum with some relish.  Grin By the way Joey please excuse my ignorance but could you explain the word Trattoria to me? I have been on this planet a fair old time, but I have never come across it before. Thanks in anticipation. Wink

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