Which Oscilloscope to buy?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by bilalbajwa, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. bilalbajwa

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    Guys i am a college student and thinking to buy a Digital Oscilloscope. I have a budget of $300 and i found these oscilloscopes interesting. I would really appreciate if someone would guide me in selecting the best among the following. I highly appreciate your help.

    Atten Digital Oscilloscopes 40MHz ADS1042C
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200581177391&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    ATTEN ADS1022 DIGITAL STORAGE OSCILLOSCOPE 25MHz
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320492007798&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    SIGLENT SDS1022C 25MHZ Digital Oscilloscope
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120691426434&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    OWON Digital Oscilloscope PDS5022S 25 MHz
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130493939041&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
     
  2. tom66

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    Save up another $100 and get the Rigol DS1052E.
     
  3. bilalbajwa

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    Thanks for you reply. Sir, on Ebay , Rigol DS1052E is $379. I could spend that. I am curious to know whats the reason you suggested that manufacturer. Is it better than all i mentioned? Also what you think about the best one among the links i posted. I highly appreciate your time.
     
  4. tom66

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    Because it's interface is massively better (it's more responsive, it has multiple controls for timebase and volts/div as opposed to a single control, and it has FFT.) and because it's effectively a 100 MHz oscilloscope with a bandwidth hack (Google "Rigol hack".) It's also supremely well built compared to some of the cheaper ones; from what I've seen inside one, they use quality parts, so it's guaranteed to last you 5 or 10 years at least. It's very popular and Rigol have hit a winner.
     
  5. digicom

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    any body post any software to use pc as a ossiloscope
     
  6. debjit625

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  7. russ_hensel

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    My most recent scope was new to me about 2 months ago. Got from ebay. Analog, used 100mhz. A bit beat up. $30. US. I picked it up to avoid shipping. One before that was $25 30 mhz hp from mit flea.
     
  8. Wendy

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    Ham Cons also have scopes relatively cheap. I got one for $90 that works pretty well, dual trace 60Mhz with probes. Hams as a general class tend to be more honest than the average Joe, and will talk your leg off (goes with the territory).
     
  9. bilalbajwa

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    Feb 21, 2007
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    Thanks for all you responses. I just bought Combo Rigol Package i.e. Rigol Function Generator DG1022 and the Rigol 50 MHz Oscilloscope for $700 total. Waiting for them to arrive. I must emphasize the fact again that i am just an electrical engineering student in its final year. So, may be this equipment is an overkill for the jobs i am going to do with it. However, if i am spending the money and have a budget under or = 700 then why not to buy the Rigol instead of other cheap china substitutes. Many people mentioned that if you cant buy HP/agilent or tektronix that all cost >1000 The rigol is the only thing that will take me closer to it in quality and performance.
     
  10. tom66

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    The Rigol is designed and made in China, but it is of very good quality - you will see that immediately upon popping the case off. Personally, I didn't have the money for the package, so I have an old HP 54501A digitising oscilloscope, but that does me well.
     
  11. lkgan

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    Bilalbajwa, where did you purchase the combo package? I just browse through the rigol official website, they did not state the promotion in their website.
     
  12. bilalbajwa

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