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Chris posted this 08 May 2017

For discussing Oscilloscopes, Makes Models Prices, and How To's / Best Practices


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pat1 posted this 09 May 2017

Watched em all.  Cheers Chris


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pat1 posted this 11 May 2017

Ordered a Rigol DS1054Z oscilloscope.  After a fair amount of research found that a lot of people out there using these so there is a wealth of information.  It has 4 channels! (even though sample rate divided between them).  Can be easily hacked to upgrade to the 100Mhz model.  I won't do this until after 3 year warranty expires.  More than i need



Fighter posted this 12 May 2017

I have a SainSmart DSO203 pocket oscilloscope and I'm very happy with it until now, I think it's more than enough for a beginner like me, probably an advanced user could find its limitations but for the research I make is working just fine

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Prometheus posted this 28 October 2018

How about the Link Instruments MSO-28 as a USB-based oscilloscope?

It's 0-100 MHz bandwidth (with 3 dB roll-off starting at 60 MHz) with a spectrum analyzer / FFT resolution of 0.098Hz to 195KHz, accuracy of +/- 0.01%, time resolution of 5 ns and skew of <5 ns, with 2 DSO channel inputs and 8 Logic Analyzer channel inputs, and it's got add-ons you can purchase to increase its ability or protection (USB isolation module, C# DLL library, 8-channel opto-isolator which allows one to view as many as 160 channel inputs simultaneously, and 1x, 10x and 100x probes).

It (and it's older sibling, the MSO-19) are used on the ISS.

Would this make a good scope to do the kinds of experiments we do here?


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Chris posted this 28 October 2018

Hey Prometheus,

Looks like a good start! 

My opinion is: Anything at all to view signals is better than nothing! Currents are one of the most important things to view! It can be done with this scope no problem! So a good start for sure!

The ability to view waveforms accurately is critical.


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Jagau posted this 28 October 2018

 The best oscilloscope is the one that we like to use and that gives us the information we want to obtain.


Marathonman posted this 29 October 2018

Rigol DS1054Z oscilloscope.

great oscilloscope for the price range.



Prometheus posted this 12 November 2018

Ok, I finally made my decision for an oscilloscope. It was neck-and-neck between the Analog Arts SL937 and the Link Instruments MSO-28.

I chose the Link Instruments MSO-28, and threw in extra 1x and 10x probes, a 100x probe, and a USB isolator. Later, I'll get the 10x/100x Differential Probe.

Now I have to find a function generator.

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alohalaoha posted this 13 November 2018


Siglent SDS1202X-E



High quality 2 channel oscilloscope with 200 MHz bandwidth, 1 GSa/s and 14 Mpts memory depth with enhanced math and measurement functions and a 17.8 cm LCD display (800x480 pixel). Serial decoders for I²C, SPI, RS232/UART, CAN and LIN are already included! Come with 2 x 200MHz probes (bandwidth 200 MHz).

Without VAT (you are from america) the price is 380 bucks. Add count plus 42 bucks for shipping via  DHL Postal Premium Parcel it's 422 bucks for 200MHz DSO which is lowest price you can get for such machine.

All usb and other are kinds of toys for kids, not tool for serious researcher like you.



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Jagau posted this 2 weeks ago

Hi all

I'm looking to upgrade my old TDS210 tektronix, a choice I believe to be the right one is the Keysight / Agilent DSOX1202A which can be upgraded up to 200 Mhz

I would like to know if anyone has used or owns this type of device and how it is in general ??


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strape posted this 2 weeks ago

Hello own oscilloscope SIGLENT 2104 X PLUS. I am completely satisfied, it has a large display with a touch screen .. countless functions as written about the article above .. I highly recommend .. it is a bit more expensive variant .. we decided on RIGOL .. won SIGLENT .. To count ..







Jagau posted this 2 weeks ago

Thanks for responding Strape.

The new oscilloscopes have several functions that I look forward to using and in addition they are easily upgradable with very useful math menu and screen touch.

Just a clarification, Keysight is the new name of Agilent who have been producing these types of devices for 60 years,

Siglent is new on the market I don't know them but it is worth trying.
I wish you good experiences.

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