Pages: [1] 2   Go Down
Author Topic: Entry-level Oscilloscope  (Read 6156 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
0
Offline Offline
Newbie
*
Karma: 0
Posts: 41
nothing worth doing was ever easy
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

I've been dabbling with the Arduino/electronics for about a year now and it's becoming clear to me that I need an oscilloscope to help me tackle more complex projects. I'm interested to know, what scopes are others using out there and how have your results been?

Ideally, I would spend less than $1000 CDN.

My usage needs: general hobbyist, but in particular I'm looking at an ultrasonic project.

Cheers,
Mike
Logged

nr Bundaberg, Australia
Offline Offline
Tesla Member
***
Karma: 130
Posts: 8620
Scattered showers my arse -- Noah, 2348BC.
View Profile
WWW
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Also think about other uses, a logic analyser may be more useful, especially once your data become digital. But if you were thinking $1000 you can buy both and have $500 left over.

______
Rob
Logged

Rob Gray aka the GRAYnomad www.robgray.com

0
Offline Offline
God Member
*****
Karma: 0
Posts: 593
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

one year in and you're willing to blow $1000? damn rich kids...

people already suggested the products on seeed studio, great, however i prefer the Mini Logic http://iteadstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_31&products_id=221 instead of the Open Bench Logic Sniffer

the performance isn't the same, but the software is MUCH better
« Last Edit: February 22, 2011, 09:57:03 pm by frank26080115 » Logged

Freelance engineer, consultant, contractor. Graduated from UW in 2013.

0
Offline Offline
Full Member
***
Karma: 1
Posts: 185
www.rocketscream.com
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

At USD349, the Rigol 50 MHz DS1052E is awesome!
Logged

0
Offline Offline
Newbie
*
Karma: 0
Posts: 41
nothing worth doing was ever easy
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

one year in and you're willing to blow $1000? damn rich kids...

people already suggested the products on seeed studio, great, however i prefer the Mini Logic http://iteadstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=29_31&products_id=221 instead of the Open Bench Logic Sniffer

the performance isn't the same, but the software is MUCH better

Lol, I'm in my mid thirties so I'm not sure I qualify as being a kid. smiley
Logged

0
Offline Offline
Newbie
*
Karma: 0
Posts: 41
nothing worth doing was ever easy
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

At USD349, the Rigol 50 MHz DS1052E is awesome!
Thanks I'll check that one out.

Cheers
Mike
Logged

nr Bundaberg, Australia
Offline Offline
Tesla Member
***
Karma: 130
Posts: 8620
Scattered showers my arse -- Noah, 2348BC.
View Profile
WWW
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

For a logic analyser I can highly recomend the Salaea Logic (http://www.saleae.com), great unit, software and support.

______
Rob
Logged

Rob Gray aka the GRAYnomad www.robgray.com

SF Bay Area (USA)
Offline Offline
Tesla Member
***
Karma: 137
Posts: 6805
Strongly opinionated, but not official!
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

There is a lot of good opinion out there on older analog scopes purchased from used equipment dealers.
Apparently you can get a decent scope for about $100.

I like my TDS210 (small), but if it died I'd be looking at the Rigol...
Logged

Aurora, IL USA
Offline Offline
Jr. Member
**
Karma: 3
Posts: 56
Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.
View Profile
WWW
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

At USD349, the Rigol 50 MHz DS1052E is awesome!
And hackable. smiley http://www.instructables.com/id/Hacking-the-Rigol-DS1052E-Oscilloscope-with-Linux/

Regarding the mention of the DSO Nano v2, I own one of those. With the latest "BenF" firmware, it's a pretty awesome little device for what it is (and what it cost), especially for those of us with very little bench space to spare; but, recognize the limitations (which it sounds like you have: 1MHz, single input, etc). If you're at even remotely considering it, you might want to save a your pennies and hold out for the DSO Quad to become a little more "production-ready"; it looks to be a significant improvement over the original two Nano designs.
Logged

-Ed
Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.

0
Offline Offline
Full Member
***
Karma: 1
Posts: 185
www.rocketscream.com
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

At USD349, the Rigol 50 MHz DS1052E is awesome!
And hackable. smiley http://www.instructables.com/id/Hacking-the-Rigol-DS1052E-Oscilloscope-with-Linux/

Regarding the mention of the DSO Nano v2, I own one of those. With the latest "BenF" firmware, it's a pretty awesome little device for what it is (and what it cost), especially for those of us with very little bench space to spare; but, recognize the limitations (which it sounds like you have: 1MHz, single input, etc). If you're at even remotely considering it, you might want to save a your pennies and hold out for the DSO Quad to become a little more "production-ready"; it looks to be a significant improvement over the original two Nano designs.

Do check David's full review on DS1052E!
http://www.eevblog.com/2009/04/05/full-review-of-the-rigol-ds1052e/
Logged

Global Moderator
UK
Offline Offline
Brattain Member
*****
Karma: 310
Posts: 26630
I don't think you connected the grounds, Dave.
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Quote
At USD349, the Rigol 50 MHz DS1052E is awesome
I second that!
Logged

"Pete, it's a fool looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart." Ulysses Everett McGill.
Do not send technical questions via personal messaging - they will be ignored.

0
Offline Offline
Jr. Member
**
Karma: 0
Posts: 53
Arduino rocks
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Don't forget the bitscope:
http://www.bitscope.com/

USB or Ethernet. Dual/Quad oscilloscopes with logic analyzer and wave generator in one box. It's an open source design.
Logged

0
Offline Offline
Newbie
*
Karma: 0
Posts: 41
nothing worth doing was ever easy
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Quote
At USD349, the Rigol 50 MHz DS1052E is awesome
I second that!

It seems that Rigol is quite good. So far it's the leader.

Any other suggestions?
Logged

0
Offline Offline
Newbie
*
Karma: 0
Posts: 41
nothing worth doing was ever easy
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

Don't forget the bitscope:
http://www.bitscope.com/

USB or Ethernet. Dual/Quad oscilloscopes with logic analyzer and wave generator in one box. It's an open source design.

The Bitscope looks interesting, but I'm on a Mac and I don't think there is software that supports Mac.
Logged

UK
Offline Offline
Faraday Member
**
Karma: 17
Posts: 2884
Gorm deficient
View Profile
 Bigger Bigger  Smaller Smaller  Reset Reset

The Rigol has it for me - it is simply astonishing value.
If only the fan were quieter...
Logged

Per Arduino ad Astra

Pages: [1] 2   Go Up
Jump to: