Looking for oscilloscope

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by ceidas, May 31, 2012.

  1. ceidas

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    Dec 26, 2011
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    Hello,
    I am willing to buy an oscilloscope but my budget is too limited for a 1000$ tektronix and i am looking what other choices do i have. I can afford 200 Euros maximum, so I ended up in this one.

    Good?
    Bad?
    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks.
     
  2. StayatHomeElectronics

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    Can't really tell anything from the page you linked to, it doesn't provide manufacturer or anything. RIGOL has some very low price oscopes (50 MHz) but I don't know if you could get one for 200 Euros.
     
  3. bountyhunter

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    You will outgrow a 20 MHz scope very quickly. I stay away from no-name electronics since they are usually made in China junk and are not accurate and don't trigger worth crap. I would rather (and did) buy a used Tektronix 465 scope for about $250 and it has been excellent. Buying used is a risk, but so is buying new junk brands.
     
  4. ceidas

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    Dec 26, 2011
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    OK, i got the message. So what about these RIGOL oscilloscopes? Are they worth their 400 Euros?
     
  5. StayatHomeElectronics

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    There are quite a few hobbiest who seem to like them. I have used one only very briefly and it did what I needed it to do. Search for their reviews on the Internet.

    Your other option is to look for an old name brand o-scope on ebay, but then there is a risk involved.

    As you know, 400 euro is not a lot for an o-scope. Only you can balance you resources, both time and money, to figure out if it is a good buy. Rigol seems dependable, but don't take my word for it.

    I personally bought something used off of EBay and it suits my needs of very light use. Mine didn't come with o-scope probes so I bought those afterwards. EBay savings was not as much as I had originally hoped. Compare the entire package of what your looking for.
     
  6. vladtess

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    Jan 5, 2011
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    Just don't get those USB oscilloscopes. They are trash :)
     
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