Let's Make Robots!

Have you been a good boy?


Then you might ask Santa for an oscilloscope. I bought this a month ago and are extremely pleased with it http://www.dealexcel.com/rigol-ds1052e-50mhz-band-widths-2channel-digital-oscilloscope_p363.html

As most of you I started out thinking that an oscilloscope would be cool but first of all I really don’t know electronics that well and probably can’t use it right, and it costs a lot of money.... So I made myself a soundcard probe and downloaded some free software. OK, it gives me some readings but you might end up blowing your soundcard or your motherboard if it’s integrated. 

So I saved up and got me this PC based from Sparkfun http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9263 it’s good and the 8 bit analyzer is great but with only one channel it’s hard to follow the signal into different stages. 

Still a novice at electronics I want to learn and see what is going on in my circuits. So I saved up and got myself the RIGOL DS1052E. The decision to go for the RIGOL was very much influenced by http://www.youtube.com/user/EEVblog and his review of the scope.

So I got my scope from www.dealexec.com and had no problems there. Rather the opposite actually as they had marked the value of the item at $80,- (at no request of mine) that saved me some money on the Norwegian customs.

So if you have been a good boy in 2011, or have an understanding wife like mine (she only saw that it was 12% off and said go for it!) get yourself an oscilloscope and your starting figuring out stuff on a completely different pace.

And it looks cool :-)


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I have an oscilloscope with a tiny crt screen and I've thought about this one. It looked good value. Maybe next Christmas.

Especially since the 50MHz Rigol DS1052E can be 'upgraded' to 100MHz with some firmware hacking, since the software and the labels are the only difference between the 2!

Well Geir ;-) First you got yourself a 3D Maker Bot and now a scope...you really have a good wife. But don't take this to far...even the best wife has her tresholds ;-)

This is a good piece of technology and I hope it will encourage you to more nice projects. Merry Christmas in advance...since you already got your gift :-)

Thanks lumi and yes I have a great wife! The good thing is that she is heavily into Scrapbooking and for you that knows that hobby will know that it can be real expensive. So it’s a bit ‘Quit pro quo’ in our household when it comes to spending money on our hobbies.

Merry Christmas to you to, and I hope Santa brings you something good this year!

Thanks Geir, God Jul og Godt Nyttår to you too. (i like the internet, this way i even can see how to (say) write this in other languages ;-)

My Christmas gift is also on its way...get a graphic tablet to draw my robot parts ;-)