A piece of measurement equipment which can visualize one or more signals simultaneously on a time scale.

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Measure 230V mains with 300V CAT II probe?

I need to measure harmonic distortions on a 230V 50Hz AC mains circuit. The Tektronix P2220 probes I have for my scope are rated for 300V CAT II when set to 10X impedance. Are these probes safe to use ...
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Can an oscilloscope add a frequency component to my signal?

I want to check the spectrum of a DDS signal ("pure" sinewave) for undesired frequency components. The way I am doing it is by storing the waveform from a 2GS/s oscilloscope (Agilent DSO81204) and ...
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Terminology of a “Oscilloscope”? [on hold]

If we break Oscilloscope down to its base terms, we get: Oscillo - relating to oscillation Scope - look at carefully; scan Does that mean an Oscilloscope is built into things like windows task ...
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the circuit of active probe using FET trace CRO [closed]

pls suggest the circuit of active probe using FET trace CRO.
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Continuously log data from an oscilloscope

I have a pin which is being toggled every 100ms by an MCU. I need to plot a graph which consists of the variation from the desired interval . That is the number of times it moved away and was toggled ...
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Capturing PWM Signal on an Oscilliscope

I have a stepper motor that is controlled by PWM. I am trying to analyze the signal coming out of the controller on an oscilloscope. Ideally, I would like to capture, maybe 2 seconds of wave form so ...
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ACER 522 FOXCON motherboard schematic (where to find?) [closed]

my University has given me a oscilloscope and I had an old ACER 522 sitting around, so I decided to dismantle it and do experiments on it as if it were a beaglebone or rasberry pi. The only problem is ...
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Why does an oscilloscope show a different voltage from a signal generator?`

I have a Rigol DS1052E oscilloscope and a Rigol DG1022 function generator. I have just changed the oscilloscope fan for a silent one, as I found, as is commonly reported, that the original fan noise ...
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How to store more waveform after trigger and less before?

I have a Rigol DS1074Z and can't figure out how to lower the time the scope spends pre-sampling to open up more memory for the actual data I want to see. Here is a nice image that will hopefully ...
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Eye diagram test

I am trying to perform a eye diagram test on a device to check its USB performanance. I am using a board "SQIDD" in order to perform this test. The following figure shows my test setup, I am using ...
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Why does reversing the oscilloscope probes cause ringing in the signal?

I am measuring a PWM signal in an oscilloscope using probes with a 1X and 10X switch (active?). I'm measuring across a resistor which is in series with an LED which is driven by an NPN 2N3904 ...
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How to calculate RMS of total noise from digital Oscilloscope (FFT)?

Only the red channel is in consideration. The yellow curve is not relevant, which is only another channel of the oscilloscope. The image above was captured from a digital oscilloscope. The vertical ...
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Designing a test instrument to be connected to an oscilloscope

I'm working on a piece of test equipment that is intended to be hooked up to an oscilloscope to measure the waveforms it produces. Since that's its reason for being, I figured it made sense to provide ...
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What will I see in oscilloscope when attempting to analyze Bluetooth or Wi-Fi signals?

I would like to know what will show up if I put bluetooth or wifi carrier signal (2.4GHz family) in a say 50MHz oscilloscope? Am I going to see something like a rectangular block? And the only ...
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See if signal is amplified without an oscilloscope

I'm an electronics newbie, but I've had some experience with oscilloscopes in college lab. However, I need to design and wire a simple circuit that can read values from an electret mic. Since the ...
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Can I see an analog signal with changeable frequency on oscilloscope?

I have a sinusoidal signal with changeable frequency (which implies that it is not periodic). I wonder is it possible to see it on oscilloscope? Does it show non-periodic signals? As it is apparent my ...
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A way to measure unknown high voltages with an oscilloscope

I have a sort-of black box of a circuit that is used to generate plasmas. I'm sure it outputs on the order of kV but I'm not sure at all about the current. I was wondering if there is a way to measure ...
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Obtaining O-Scope signals in a AC/DC supply - grounding issues

I need to check waveforms in the power supply from this design reference by Texas Instruments. I essentially built the supply, but it is not operating correctly - ie, no output current, but it has ...
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Put a DAC at the output of FPGA

I have designed a circuit by System Generator to implement on FPGA. The output signal is a sinusoidal with changeable frequency. I need to read the output signal by oscilloscope. I should put a DAC at ...
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Oscilloscope gear and ESD

The answer might be obvious, but I am curious, how well are oscilloscopes and probes usually protected against ESD? I noticed that oscilloscope probes are usually shipped in esd-protected bags. On ...
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Make sure this equipment can do what I want (infrared decoding) [closed]

I'm CS but took a digital electronics physics class at my old university and found it really interesting so I wouldn't mind having my own small EE workshop. For my main project I just want to decode ...
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oscilloscope time charging different from the math

For the above circuit, I calculate that the equivalent resistance of the charging circuit is 2.668 kΩ, and the equivalent capacitance is 2.055 µF. Therefore, the time constant would be ...
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TV signal into an Oscilloscope

I'm plugging TV signal cable directly into an oscilloscope. TV cable looks like this: First I connected outer shell of TV cable connector to GND of oscilloscope BNC cable and center to the center of ...
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BNC cable instead of oscilloscope probe for fixed setup?

I'm developing a device, it will generate a signal that will be fed directly to an oscilloscope, and connected permanently. I now have the circuitry set up on a breadboard, attached to the scope ...
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Oscilloscope pulse frequency

I'm measuring pulses from a device with a constant frequency. The oscilloscope's usual frequency indicator shows 600 Hz. But when I use "Measure" button and then Type is set to Frequency, then that ...
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why is this oscilloscope so cheap with a 20Gsa/s sampling resolution?

I've looked around this site but I haven't been able to figure out why this oscilloscope seems to have such a high sampling rate "Repetitive mode: 20GSa/S" and be relatively cheap: ...
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How to test a crystal resonator in board?

I have 2 quartz crystal resonators in my pcb board: 32.768 kHz & 20 MHz. They are connected to a Freescale MC12311 transceiver IC, which has an HCS08 micro-controller embedded in it. I want to ...
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Is the voltage from peak to peak my thevenin in voltage?

I used a function generator and set it to 1kHz. And used an oscilloscope to measure the time constant of an rl and rc circuit. my question was that what would I consider as Vth or voltage thevenin , ...
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What are the demo 1 and demo 2 terminals on the oscilloscopes?

I have seen almost all oscilloscope providing this demo1 or may be demo2 terminals on their oscilloscopes which has the square wave running all the time? I can't figure out the purpose of those demo ...
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Oscilloscope sweeps only once with DC sources and shows nothing on GND setting

I got an old CRT oscilloscope someone had laying around unused in his garage (an ATAIO AI 751A which seems pretty obscure, not getting any meaningful Google results). Unfortunately the user manual is ...
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Measure peak voltage / amp, when signal is very short (relay on/off)?

I was measuring a 'steer' signal for switching on a relay. The oscilloscope, gave me back it peaks at around 2.64V. The width of the signal is 132ms. I then hooked up my multimeter, to measure how ...
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How can I track where this 471kHz noise is coming from?

I'm new to EE in general and I just received my first oscilloscope (Rigol DS1102E). Anyway, I'm building an audio circuit using an Arduino Micro and the infamous ...
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Why does my crystal oscillator spike so much?

I just got a new oscilloscope (Rigol DS1102E) and I'm new to EE in general. One of the first things I put on the scope was my 3.579Mhz "TKD" crystal oscillator. ...
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Filter 50Hz hum picked up by the oscilloscope

I am measuring huge 50Hz oscillations on my oscilloscope, but I am not entirely sure the probe is generating those by behaving like an antenna (an ADC at the same point gives stable values but it's ...
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Acoustic signal on oscilloscope [closed]

I'm trying to measure some echo acoustic signals in an oscilloscope DSO-X 2002A 70MHz bw, 2GSa/s from discontinuities in a rock cylinder. The acoustic velocity for P-waves (which is the type of ...
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Effect of the high impedance or low impedance of oscillospe

I am measuring a sine waveform range 0 to 40MHz by using Agilent InfiniVision DS0-X 3034A. The data sheet of the oscilloscope is here: http://cp.literature.agilent.com/litweb/pdf/5990-6619EN.pdf My ...
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AC and DC voltage are constant even though the frequency changes

In the circuit below, why does the AC voltage remain constant even though the frequency increases?
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Terminating a 50 Ohm source into 1M Ohm oscilloscope input

Due to buying some equipment several months apart I am now faced with the task of connecting a high speed ,up to 1GHz, light detector that requires a 50\$\Omega\$ load impedance, but my oscilloscope ...
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Choosing Oscilloscope with appropriate bandwidth for Jitter analysis

Can someone give me a rule of thumb of choosing Oscilloscope with appropriate bandwidth for the Jitter analysis of clock signals? What device is highly preferable: spectrum analyzers, frequency ...
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Cannot get a digital square wave on oscilloscope from the GPIO of the Raspberry Pi?

ENVIRONMENT: Running "Raspbian" on Model_B Raspberry Pi (Revision 2) w/ ribbon expanding the GPIO out onto a Breadboard as shown in the following image. SETUP Here is a close up of the GPIO ...
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Can the DS1052E be used for reliable NTSC measurement?

I'm in the market for an oscilloscope. I've read that the infamous DS1052E from Rigol is a great beginner scope due to the price/performance. However, I know I have a lot to learn and simply don't ...
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View High Voltage AC Signal on Oscilloscope

I would like to capture a high voltage AC signal on an oscilloscope. Input signal: 160V @ 400Hz Output signal: ~40V @ 400Hz Oscilloscope: TDS3014C I intend to use a voltage divider: 100k ohm (1/2 ...
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Measure both sides of an AC and DC circuit

So I have recently begun messing with diodes and there use in converting AC to DC. What I am curious in trying to do is to hook up my dual channel oscilloscope on bother DC and AC side to view the ...
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Ground noise measured on scope

I've connected a scope probe directly to the ground clip of the scope. I then observe the signal on the scope and it's reading 0, as expected. I set my trigger to be 1V above the 0V reading it ...
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How can I multiplex my oscilloscope probes?

Let's say that I'm tasked with the job of measuring the propagation delay of each inverter in a 7404 hex inverter. I've got a pulse generator, a power supply, and an oscilloscope with two probes, so ...
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What kind of tools would I need to analyze 1000BASE-T/gigabit ethernet waveforms?

I'm an EE student and I'd like to get some visibility into the 1000BASE-T Ethernet waveform. My goal is to induce jitter to learn more about real-world error correction, possibly resulting in research ...
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Building a hobbyist oscilloscope

I have a project that I've been thinking about for a little while, and I've come to the realization that at some point during its development, I'm going to need an oscilloscope. Okay, not a problem. ...
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Using oscilloscope safely with AC mains

I know there is quite few discussions already on this topic, but since english isn't my first language I though it better to get some more information about this. I have used oscilloscopes to ...
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Analyzing the crystal frequency (Bus Clock Frequency) of a HCS12 Microcontroller using an Oscilloscope

I have an HCS12 Mircocontroller and I would like to capture the crystal frequency from the bus clock on a oscilloscope. How do I find out where I should connect my probes on the board to analyze ...
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Regarding Passive Probes 1:1 and 10:1

I have a few questions regarding reduction of capacitive loading of oscilloscopes probes and cables in case of 10:1 probes compared to 1:1 probes. I am basing my research on these links: Wikipedia: ...