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Offline shims506Topic starter

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Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« on: December 28, 2011, 06:51:12 am »
I'm starting out a little electronics lab and would like to get more equipment but have limited funds. If some one has one and has no use for one i will be willing to pay for the oscilloscope, if your feeling generous i can accept it as a gift :P

Location:United States Illinois, Chicago

If this isn't the place to look for such an oscilloscope I have searched my fair share on craigslist locally and no luck finding a working one, please direct me to someone that will help me find one.
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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011, 06:52:26 am »
Oops just realized posted in wrong section i apologize, could a moderator please move this post or delete it so it could be in it's correct section.
 

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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2011, 06:53:01 am »
So, where in the world are you located?
 

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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2011, 06:56:47 am »
So, where in the world are you located?

United states
 


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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2011, 05:24:19 pm »
I am in the ballpark between $100-$150 but may add more if the unit is worth the price. My concern for the ebay products are that they are sold as is and are not tested for the most part, and am worried about calibration and not working properly.

Is there a document or video explaining how to properly diagnose and fix the issues, i have seen the EEVblog youtube video on checking the oscilloscope but it doesn't go in depth on if this broke on oscilloscope this is what you have to do kinda thing.
 

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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011, 05:56:27 pm »
Tektronix has a 'Troubleshooting your oscilloscope' document, it should be easy to find as a PDF. The top brands (eg. Tektronix, HP) also produce extensive service manuals that often contain procedures to check for correct operation.

A tested product with warranty is going to be more expensive than 'as is, no returns, don't know how to test'.
 

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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2011, 01:22:01 am »
Tektronix has a 'Troubleshooting your oscilloscope' document, it should be easy to find as a PDF. The top brands (eg. Tektronix, HP) also produce extensive service manuals that often contain procedures to check for correct operation.

A tested product with warranty is going to be more expensive than 'as is, no returns, don't know how to test'.

In your opinion could beginner like myself be able to fix it? Or assistance may be needed?

Another question are replacement parts widely accessible?
 

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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2011, 02:47:48 am »
You frequently need a working scope to fix a scope, so I wouldn't buy a parts/repair scope as first scope.

Availability of replacement parts depends on the age. The more recent scopes tend to have more custom parts. Tektronix and HP tend to use a fair number of custom parts (both electronic and mechanical), but the large community means that there is often a supply of parts available. Both have Yahoo! groups dedicated to maintaining and fixing the equipment.
 

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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2011, 04:05:33 am »
I appreciate the advice and will purchase the oscilloscope Dave posted previously and probably buy broken ones to play with later.

I really appreciate how fast people reply and have good feedback :) Thank you and am looking forward being more involved on the forum.
 

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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2011, 06:32:51 am »
Is there a document or video explaining how to properly diagnose and fix the issues, i have seen the EEVblog youtube video on checking the oscilloscope but it doesn't go in depth on if this broke on oscilloscope this is what you have to do kinda thing.

That is not easy, as every scope, whilst having the same basic overall operating principle, will have entirely different circuitry and/or custom parts, and different calibration and adjustment requirements etc
Make sure you get one that has a service manual available if you are concerned with this.

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Re: Looking for a analog oscilloscope prefered 50mhz dual channel
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2011, 08:02:09 am »
I could reccomend a new Hameg HM400, its not expensive and a great scope for which you can get all documentation and parts from Hameg since its not so old. However all parts are SMD and it features a FPGA and few other programable devices under the case so it will not be easy to repair like older scopes if something fails
Oh, the joy of sending various electronics to silicon heaven
 


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