About a year ago I had to make a tough budgeting decision – something that many fellow hobbyists have to do. Which would it be – an oscilloscope or a logic analyzer? At the time I was doing alot of FPGA and planning to do microcontroller stuff so I bought a LogicPort from Intronix. While a great purchase, I’ve found myself looking at analog signals or higher voltages than I expected.
I began watching Craigslist for used oscilloscopes, hoping to pick up a cheap 25Mhz scope. Meanwhile, I came across David Jones’ eevblog and his review of the Rigol 1052e. In some sort of sign, the Rigol DS1052e’s went on sale this past week for $399 (interestingly only $10 more than I paid for my LogicPort). Now, I did find a few 50Mhz 2-channel scopes (HP, Tektronix, Hitachi) locally for between $250 and $350 but for a little more I get a new DSO. Yum.
I haven’t received the scope yet. I’ll post some info when I get it. I should also do a review of the Intronix LogicPort – a nice piece of kit.
What’s more is that in the process I discovered eevblog which is outstanding. I must have spent three hours watching past episodes the other night until 2:00 in the morning. Great stuff.