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What oscilloscope would you recommend for me? Answered

I have been interested in purchasing an oscilloscope for a while now, but I am not sure on how to decide based on my needs.
Lately I have been interested in building radio circuits, but it is proving difficult because it is hard to troubleshoot when you can't see what ishhappening in the circuit beyond theory.

I also feel that an oscilloscope would be a good tool to have in my electronics toolbox.
Can anyone recommend a good oscilloscope that would suite my needs for under 1k $

Thanks
Atrum

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steveastrouk

Best Answer 4 years ago

If you are serious, then a scope is a vital tool. Working on electronics without a scope is like working blind.

What sort of RF are you playing with ? Yes, a scope can help, but is not a universal panacea at high frequency, unless you pay BIG bucks for a scope. The performance is determined by the headline "frequency" of the scope - ideally, your scope should SAMPLE at more than twice the frequency of the highest frequency you are interested in. For 99.99% of my work, I can get away with only a 25Mhz scope, if I worked in RF, I'd need at least a 200Mhz scope, or faster to work on 100Mhz signals.

The other parameter of interest is the input signal VOLTAGE range - restricting yourself to, say +/- 20V reduces costs, and if you have to probe high voltages you can get special probes.

I use the Picotech Picoscope 2205 MSO - 2 channels+ 16 digital channels + an "AWG". It is a very versatile scope, with digital inputs too, and the AWG "Arbitrary Waveform Generator" allows you to design test signals to kick your circuits with - They're around 500 USD. / 350 GBP

If you want to spend your proposed budget, take a look at what you can buy

http://www.picotech.com/oscilloscope-specification...

....notice the 20Gig scope is around 15,000 USD !!!!!!

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Jayefuusteveastrouk

Answer 4 years ago

That new? The 16 digital channels feature looks nice!

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steveastroukJayefuu

Answer 4 years ago

Had it around 18 months. The 16 dig also lets you decode serial data streams on I2C, SPI, CAN and standard serial connections. I used it to nail down the interface on the MAX1402 parts.

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Jayefuusteveastrouk

Answer 4 years ago

The software less clunky than the one you had before? The 2204's pretty attractive at £160.

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atrumblood

4 years ago

Thanks for the help guys. I think this one looks good to me.
The PicoScope 3200 looks like a good pick for me. A little more expensive than I was hoping but, it looks like it will suite my needs. Gonna just have to save up a little longer.