Oscilloscope brands

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Lundwall_Paul, Jan 17, 2015.

  1. Lundwall_Paul

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    I am looking for a good quality oscilloscope. There are way too many brands that I have never heard of. So far I am leaning towards Tektronix TBS1052. Has anyone used this model? I see a lot of scopes on the market that appear to have better features for less money. What brands should I absolutely avoid? I would like to keep this below $600.
     
  2. JohnInTX

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    To paraphrase an old axiom, "No one ever lost their job by specifying Tektronix". I've used them pretty much exclusively over 40+years. When I use something else, I usually wish it said 'Tek' on it and was painted blue.

    Agilent (formerly the real HP) is first rate as well but the user interface is more menu-driven. Personally, I like more knobs.

    Whatever you decide, don't scrimp on your test equipment.

    Just my .02
     
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  3. tom_s

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    will keep that in mind when the trio decides to bite the dust :)
     
  4. PackratKing

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    I am a dedicated fan of B&K Precision... I have a 1541A 40 Mhz dual, that was retired for a few years while I figeted with learning Digital cameras...

    I was concerned about the unit holding calibration, and where could I take it to be checked...so I contacted B&K, and they told me the unit was long obsolete... however ...

    They sent me a full set of pcb trace diagrams, parts list, component layouts, and an exhaustive calibration procedure... I found it to be quite rare that a company will provide this level of support to their past models...
    The unit, bought in 1984, functions flawlessly.
     
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  5. crutschow

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    What trio? :confused:
     
  6. ian field

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    My scope is a Tek 465 - I got it for free because it sometimes needs a pat on the side to get it going.

    Apart from that, its a very nice instrument.

    In these days of soaring popularity for LCD scopes, you can pick up some massive bargains on otherwise excellent CRT scopes.

    Sometimes scrap metal prices - sometimes even free!

    When I got the 465, its market value as S/H was around the £50 mark - mere crumbs compared to what it was new.
     
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  7. Lundwall_Paul

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    I made up my mind on brand. Tektronix Always has been my preferred choice in an oscilloscope. Now I just need to select a model that I can afford.
    Back in the 70's-80's I always said that Tektronix couldn't make a good spectrum analyzer and HP couldn't make a good oscilloscope. I really enjoyed using the TEK TDS3054b in my last job; But that scope is about 13k more then I want to spend.
     
  8. Lundwall_Paul

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    We had 465 scopes in the Air force. The one thing that drove me nuts was the AC Gnd DC. switch was right below the Volts Per Division knob and I would hit it to the gnd position while changing scales then try to figure out what happened to the signal.
     
  9. ErnieM

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    Tektronics and Agilent are wonderful, and priced to match.

    For someone on a budget do have a look at Rigol.
     
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  10. Dr.killjoy

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    Rigol


    I would love one of these but I am too poor right now..
     
  11. tom_s

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    15mhz dual trace cs-1560a

    did give it once over a month ago, blew out the dust and a tad of crc on the switches :)

    [​IMG]

    mines not as spottles as this pic but fully functional
     
  12. ian field

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    I gave away a single trace Trio similar to that and kept the dual trace one as one of the spares.

    There were also a pair of Philips, twins, one had a blown PSU, the other a dead sync input. One is now sort of working, but the attenuators compensation needs setting up.
     
  13. doublejack

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    How about a Tektronics new in the box 2246? I am a lurker, learning by reading. I don't know anything about scopes, but would like to learn and these are available, usually these go for under $200.00 at govt auction. A chance to take advantage of your tax dollars at work! Let me know if you are interested, a number of these are selling at the beginning of this next week. I am not a scammer, I can provide all the links and info you would like.
     
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