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Products => Test Equipment => Topic started by: Harvs on May 20, 2013, 12:37:52 am

Title: Value in a second scope?
Post by: Harvs on May 20, 2013, 12:37:52 am
Very shortly I'll have a new DS2000 series scope, and was about to sell my old DS1052E.  Considering they're not worth much these days, I might get something like $150 for it.

I was wondering whether people use a second scope often enough to justify keeping it?

The only time I can imagine it being useful is if I can trigger it off the DS2000 trigger out to capture 4-channels for those one off times it's really needed.
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: Galaxyrise on May 20, 2013, 01:05:25 am
The 1052 can run off a battery as I recall, and that can be handy
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: Harvs on May 20, 2013, 01:07:41 am
The 1052 can run off a battery as I recall, and that can be handy

Nope, that was the spectrum analyzer they sold that had the battery option.
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: alm on May 20, 2013, 01:21:31 am
More channels or as independent time base for unsynchronized signals. Those are the main uses that come to mind. You will probably rarely use it due to the much smaller screen and inferior features. Look how often Dave uses his DS1052E since he get the Agilent scope.
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: don.r on May 20, 2013, 01:46:15 am
Sell it on the forum here and give a youngling his chance to get his first DSO scope on the cheap!  :-+
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: pickle9000 on May 20, 2013, 01:47:19 am
I keep my spare hooked up to my arb and sig gen as an output monitor, super handy use it all the time.
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: jebcom on May 20, 2013, 03:43:48 am
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Sell it on the forum here and give a youngling his chance to get his first DSO scope on the cheap!

I agree with this.

And here's a further idea: Depending on the kind of work you are doing, you could use the proceeds to get an analog scope like the Tek 2225 that Dave has featured in a couple of videos. The old Tek analog scopes are very nice to work with, and that 500 microvolts/div can come in handy.
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: EEVblog on May 20, 2013, 04:03:29 am
The old Tek analog scopes are very nice to work with, and that 500 microvolts/div can come in handy.

His new DS2000 has 500uV/DIV too!
I'd probably keep the scope "just in case". Can make a handy 2nd scope for "taking to the job" instead of bringing the job to the scope.
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: Harvs on May 20, 2013, 06:33:13 am
I might hang on to it for a little while and see if it ever gets any work.

Before I get anymore PMs, if I do sell it, it'll be locally.  West Oz is a complete desert of second hand test gear, even makes the eastern oz states seem like a test equipment playground.  So it wouldn't be right to deprive the west of another scope, even if it is a basic rigol.
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: vk6zgo on May 20, 2013, 09:50:14 am
The old Tek analog scopes are very nice to work with, and that 500 microvolts/div can come in handy.

His new DS2000 has 500uV/DIV too!
I'd probably keep the scope "just in case". Can make a handy 2nd scope for "taking to the job" instead of bringing the job to the scope.
And for fault finding the fancy new one if it croaks! ;D
Or for loaning out to annoying friends!
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: amyk on May 20, 2013, 09:54:35 am
And for fault finding the fancy new one if it croaks! ;D
Also the reason to have more than 1 soldering iron...
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: jebcom on May 21, 2013, 01:37:17 am
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His new DS2000 has 500uV/DIV too!
I'd probably keep the scope "just in case". Can make a handy 2nd scope for "taking to the job" instead of bringing the job to the scope.

Well, now I know of 3 scope models with 500uV/div. DS2000, Tek 2225, Hitachi V-1050F.

I guess my fondness of the old scopes might be more based on nostalgia than practicality. But they do their jobs well.
But not so fun to "take to the job."

Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: c4757p on May 21, 2013, 01:42:26 am
And for fault finding the fancy new one if it croaks! ;D
Also the reason to have more than 1 soldering iron...

Two very good points. I was going to say something about that but I figured you were all sick of hearing about my faulty scopes!  :P
Title: Re: Value in a second scope?
Post by: nctnico on May 21, 2013, 01:26:19 pm
Whether you need two scopes depends on you need it for your job and what you measure with it. Back in the old days I repaired computer monitors every now and then. I used my old analog oscilloscope for that instead of my DSO just in case I accidentally probed a point with several kV on it. Nowadays I keep two oscilloscopes because I need an oscilloscope to make money. If one breaks I don't want to have to buy a new one instantly.