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tool:rigol_mso1074z [2016/02/22 19:10] (current)
shane created, from Jarret's post
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 +====== Rigol MSO1074Z ======
 +[[http://​​products/​digital-oscilloscopes/​mso1000z/​mso1074z/​|Specs]]:​ 70 MHz Mixed Signal Digital Oscilloscope with 4 analog channels as well as 16 digital logic channels plus 12 Mpt memory and 1 GSa/sec sampling rate.
 +This is an expensive and sensitive device, so it should be treated with care. In order to help this thing have a long and productive life at VHS, I have a few commandments:​
 +  - Do not measure grounded circuits unless you know what you're doing. That usually means that any AC signal from the wall is a no-no. Our DC supplies and cellphone chargers should be okay. The scope is earth-grounded,​ which means that if you clip the ground lead of a probe to a portion of AC that is not grounded, then you will cause significant and irreversible damage to the scope or probe or both.
 +  - Do not take the front hook of the oscilloscope probes off. If you need to measure a breadboard, clip onto a small jumper and plug the wire into the breadboard. If you cannot definitively say, "The inductance of this wire is preventing me from properly measuring this waveform",​ then you can use a jumper without affecting your measurements. I say this because I've seen people pull off the cover and try to jam the needle of the probes into breadboard sockets, and that's not what they'​re designed for and damage them, like, every time.
 +  - Coil up the probes carefully and place them on top of / behind the scope when you're done. They are expensive and delicate precision coaxial cables and should be treated accordingly.
 +  - Turn off the scope when you're done with it. Electronic components have limited lifetime and go out of calibration,​ etc. It's cool to keep it on for a few hours when you're debugging a difficult project or whatever, just turn it off when you leave.
 +  - If you see someone treating the scope without the respect appropriate for a $1000 tool, take that as an opportunity to educate them in the nicest way possible, because there'​s no malice on their part. Everybody has to learn somehow.
tool/rigol_mso1074z.txt · Last modified: 2016/02/22 19:10 by shane