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Cheap Oscilloscopes

By oldschoolbob

3 years ago

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    #1 3 years ago

    I recently started a topic when I was looking for a DMM that will measure frequency’s on a pinball. I appreciate everyone’s input and I looked at many, many meters before I purchased one. I’m happy with my new DMM and I think it will do me fine.

    During that discussion several people suggested an oscilloscope. I know nothing about oscilloscopes but I find them fascinating. The down side is they are expensive and take up too much space on my workbench. I already have a soldering station, de-soldering station, laptop, power supply, and too many tools. Not much space left for working.

    Then I ran across this:


    It’s cheap and don’t take up much space. I still don’t see much use for an oscilloscope in pinball but I think it would be a fun toy. (Heck, I spent that much for a flight simulator game). And besides I might learn something.

    Is anyone familiar with this or other PC based oscilloscopes?



    #2 3 years ago

    Very interesting! First time I've seen anything like this.

    #3 3 years ago

    Not bad, a storage scope for $60. Hope it works on newer Windows than what they list.

    #4 3 years ago

    That looks pretty sweet for the price. I would much rather lug that somewhere than one of my scopes.

    #5 3 years ago

    I bought something similar to that back a couple of years ago for $65. The only draw back to using it is having to lug my laptop around with it.

    Last year I was given a Fluke 97 that had bad batteries. I got it up and running, and that is now my go-to scope. If you can find one of those cheap I highly recommend it. To me it is the best combination of power and portability there is.

    #6 3 years ago

    I've never seen one before either - I was hoping someone here has used one before. I don't think they are all that new.

    I didn't notice before that it doesn't list Windows 10 - I still have Windows 7.

    It don't seem too portable when you consider you still need a laptop. But I already have a laptop on my bench so this little box don't take up much more room.

    1 week later
    #7 3 years ago

    I received my new toy (I mean tool) the other day. It seems to work well. But I still know nothing about it. (However I know nothing about flying an airplane either).

    While waiting for it to arrive I added a 5 volt section to my old 12 volt power supply to aid in bench testing. Something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I simply copied the 5 volt section from a solenoid driver board. I also made a new 24 volt DC power supply for testing for zero crossing on the bench.

    The 24 volt supply is not regulated but the 12 volt and 5 volt are regulated. It’s interesting to see the different wave forms on the scope. I’m learning a little about what I’m seeing. I’ll never be an electronics engineer but I find this stuff fascinating. This is why I got into pinball in the first place.

    Thanks to everyone for teaching me about this hobby.


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