Oscilliscope for Beginners???

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Isaac23, May 29, 2012.

  1. Isaac23

    Thread Starter New Member

    May 29, 2012
    I know very little of oscilliscopes, but am interested in learning as a hobby and a potential job skill. What should I look for in a basic scope? Nothing too hi-tech, but not one that limits the "learning curve". I would like to spend under $200. You guys seem to know your stuff. Thanks....
  2. BSomer


    Dec 28, 2011
    You can probably find an older analog oscilliscope on ebay or craigs list for the price range you are comfortable with. I'd say that an analog 'scope would be just fine to work with and you can use it to learn the basics of oscilliscope functions.
  3. PatM

    Active Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    If looking on eBay, make sure the scope is in working order.
    At the minimum, one that has is picture of a trace on the screen.
    There appear to be many listed with no guarantee except that it was plugged in and a pilot light in on.
  4. crutschow


    Mar 14, 2008
    I would recommend looking for a digital scope, if you are interested in learning about them as a potential job skill. Virtually all oscilloscopes used in industry are now digital and they have numerous functions that are not available on analog scopes.