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prayag2010:
Hello everyone,

 I am a beginner in electronics and I am looking forward to set up a workbench. But, I had a question;
Should I buy an oscilloscope ? It is too costly and I am not sure if I truly need it. Instead, should I buy two decent multimeters and other necessities ?

c4757p:

--- Quote from: prayag2010 on March 02, 2013, 05:08:20 pm ---It is too costly ...

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Then don't buy one. An oscilloscope can be incredibly useful at times, but if you genuinely can't afford one, remember - hobbyists got by without them for decades before the price made them accessible. A lot of things can be done without an oscilloscope by applying a bit of cleverness.

That said - I don't know where you live, but if you look in the right places and have patience, you should not be surprised to find one for free or very close to it. It won't be a 350 MHz four-channel monster, but it will be an oscilloscope.

mikeselectricstuff:
Definitely yes - even an old, cheap/free analogue one is a lot better than nothing.
A scope IS a necessity for any non-trivial electronics work, and will help you learn.
Remember test gear generally holds value well.

prayag2010:

--- Quote from: mikeselectricstuff on March 02, 2013, 06:02:23 pm ---Definitely yes - even an old, cheap/free analogue one is a lot better than nothing.
A scope IS a necessity for any non-trivial electronics work, and will help you learn.
Remember test gear generally holds value well.

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--- Quote from: c4757p on March 02, 2013, 05:13:48 pm ---
--- Quote from: prayag2010 on March 02, 2013, 05:08:20 pm ---It is too costly...

That said - I don't know where you live, but if you look in the right places and have patience, you should not be surprised to find one for free or very close to it. It won't be a 350 MHz four-channel monster, but it will be an oscilloscope.

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I am planning to buy an analogue one. Any suggestions ??
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BravoV:

--- Quote from: prayag2010 on March 02, 2013, 06:55:14 pm ---I am planning to buy an analogue one. Any suggestions ??

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Since you mentioned analog, I assume you're aiming for used and cheap one.

Two most important questions regarding asking for suggestion on buying used / analog scope :

- Where do you live ?
- What is the max budget ?

Nothing to suggest if these are not answered.

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