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Richard Erlacher
06/03/12 11:43
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Denver, Co
USA


 
#187605 - well, the fact is ..
Responding to: Joseph Hebert's previous message
You can get a whole lot better oscilloscope, i.e. more bandwidth, more features, etc, for considerably less if you just LOOK. Just as an example.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektr...5894412460

Now this 'scope doesn't come with probes, it doesn't have a built-in signal source, and so on, but it will trigger on signals that even some competing "current-generation" 'scopes costing tens of times more won't. It becomes a tradeoff, I guess. You have to decide what's important to you.

Now, I freely admit that I'm not a fan of PC-based instruments, and that I am, in fact, a user of a 'scope of much earlier technology most of the time, though I do own later, faster, more costly and very-much computer controlled instruments. I just like to be able to operate my oscilloscope, which is, after all, my "eye" into the workings of my circuitry, by feel, rather than by checking a display all the time. As I've been using the Tek 475A since the '70's, I've grown accustomed to the "feel" of it, and can work it without taking my eyes off where I'm poking the probe. I do still have to look at the display, of course, but I don't have to figure out which knob/button does what within a given context.

In the last analysis, I guess it's a matter of preference more than anything else.

It's worth noting, however, that a really well-functioning TEK 465, 475, etc, can often be obtained, used of course, through eBay, with the at least 100 MHz -3db bandwidth, for not much over $100US. Probes can often be obtained for about $20-30US, and you should have three of them, one for the external trigger.

I'd recommend "reading the fine print" and asking the seller questions such as, "Does this instrument function fully and properly" so you have recourse if it doesn't.

One other thing ... I've built small instruments/lab-tools weighing very little, and found that it's best to have them weigh enough to stay on the workbench when you're using them with cables/probes, etc. attached. I once (many years ago) built a very effective and useful continuity tester designed to operate without turning on semiconductors with a probe voltage below 0.32 volts, in a 25 x 40 x 55 mm box, only to have it land in my lap every time I pulled on the probe cables, disconnecting itself from power and pulling itself and various and sundry items on the workbench down into my lap. I like the big, 2-3 kg types better.

RE

List of 74 messages in thread
TopicAuthorDate
DSO for cheap!      Joseph Hebert      05/11/12 13:35      
   very good      Mahmood Elnasser      05/11/12 14:14      
      Limitations      Joseph Hebert      05/12/12 09:49      
         test results      Mahmood Elnasser      05/12/12 12:46      
            That's valuable information      Joseph Hebert      05/12/12 13:30      
         well, the fact is ..      Richard Erlacher      06/03/12 11:43      
            tektronix 475 comparison      Mahmood Elnasser      06/07/12 10:37      
               Really? Why?      Richard Erlacher      06/07/12 14:51      
               another double post ... sorry      Richard Erlacher      06/07/12 14:51      
   I think ...      Erik Malund      05/11/12 14:34      
      Application dependant      Mahmood Elnasser      05/12/12 05:55      
         Indeed      Andy Neil      05/12/12 09:10      
            It's still too low a bandwidth, wouldn't you say?      Richard Erlacher      06/03/12 11:50      
   just curious, Joe could you try      Erik Malund      05/11/12 14:36      
      Unusual with short pulses for hobbyist projects      Per Westermark      05/11/12 14:53      
         is the clock running?      Erik Malund      05/11/12 16:01      
      Sorry, but no I can't.      Joseph Hebert      05/11/12 16:42      
      10nSec Pulse      Mahmood Elnasser      05/12/12 12:59      
         "at random" means what exactly ?      Jim Granville      05/13/12 18:41      
            Answers      Mahmood Elnasser      05/14/12 07:41      
               more observations      Mahmood Elnasser      06/03/12 10:51      
                  It may not be the sample rate ...      Richard Erlacher      06/07/12 15:07      
                     digital vs analog      Mahmood Elnasser      06/08/12 15:34      
                        Don't get me wrong, here ...      Richard Erlacher      06/08/12 21:34      
                           poor mans's scope      Mahmood Elnasser      06/09/12 02:01      
                              Doesn't it depend on what THEY mean by bandwidth?      Richard Erlacher      06/09/12 20:58      
                                 20 nsec steps      Mahmood Elnasser      06/09/12 23:08      
                                    Well, one thing at a time ...      Richard Erlacher      06/10/12 11:43      
                                    Impulse Tests are better      Jim Granville      06/10/12 16:49      
                                       more capable scope      Mahmood Elnasser      06/11/12 14:03      
                                          I must have missed a step ...      Richard Erlacher      06/12/12 08:07      
                                             TEK475      Mahmood Elnasser      06/12/12 16:16      
                                                here's another alternative ...      Richard Erlacher      06/12/12 22:16      
                                                   DAC and pot in parallel?      Per Westermark      06/13/12 01:07      
                                                      Logically, not physically      Richard Erlacher      06/13/12 07:57      
                                                   new theory      Mahmood Elnasser      06/14/12 00:57      
   3MHz is rather poor Bandwidth ?      Jim Granville      05/11/12 16:51      
      ordinary      Erik Malund      05/11/12 17:20      
         Ther are many params needed      Jim Granville      05/11/12 18:21      
   "only" $200 ?      Andy Neil      05/11/12 23:59      
      Low cost oscilloscopes      Andy Neil      05/12/12 09:18      
         291 > 2*($199)      Joseph Hebert      05/12/12 09:45      
            It doesn't always work that way      Andy Neil      05/12/12 10:48      
               Once upon a time ...      Joseph Hebert      05/12/12 13:28      
   SDS8202      Mahmood Elnasser      06/14/12 13:58      
      Read all the "fine print' first ... and ask any questions      Richard Erlacher      06/14/12 20:31      
         bought it      Mahmood Elnasser      06/16/12 03:07      
            Please let us know how this works out for you      Richard Erlacher      06/16/12 04:19      
               datasheet      Mahmood Elnasser      06/16/12 05:26      
                  2mV/div - but min trig level?      Per Westermark      06/16/12 07:01      
                     Tests      Mahmood Elnasser      06/16/12 09:55      
                        24ns      Per Westermark      06/16/12 11:09      
                           and that's the crux      Erik Malund      06/16/12 11:41      
                              FPGA pulse Expander (edited)      Mahmood Elnasser      06/16/12 12:06      
                                 some love the mother, some love the daughter        Erik Malund      06/16/12 12:13      
                                 Here's omne fairly simple thing ...      Richard Erlacher      06/16/12 15:22      
                                 self calibtrate?      Jim Granville      06/16/12 20:42      
                                    interesting      Mahmood Elnasser      06/16/12 23:01      
                                       yes      Jim Granville      06/16/12 23:15      
                                          glurk      Jez Smith      06/17/12 13:33      
                                             DCMs      Mahmood Elnasser      06/17/12 14:49      
                                                Well....      Jez Smith      06/17/12 15:48      
                                                   I don't know where you're going with this ...      Richard Erlacher      06/17/12 21:25      
                                             xxxxx      Mahmood Elnasser      06/20/12 12:53      
                           333ps      Mahmood Elnasser      06/18/12 00:59      
      SDS9302      Mahmood Elnasser      07/05/12 10:32      
         So, how are you exercising this new 'scope?      Richard Erlacher      07/05/12 10:53      
            so far so good      Mahmood Elnasser      07/08/12 09:45      
               So far so good ...      Richard Erlacher      07/08/12 10:49      
                  rise time      Mahmood Elnasser      08/15/12 13:28      
                     The rise time indicates that high frequencies gets dampened      Per Westermark      08/15/12 16:26      
                     What does "bandwidth" mean?      Richard Erlacher      08/15/12 17:45      
                        good test      Mahmood Elnasser      08/30/12 15:09      
                           Perhaps you should repeat the test ...       Richard Erlacher      08/30/12 23:08      

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