• How to Use an Oscilloscope

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    A series of tutorials for beginners on how to use an oscilloscope

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        How to use an an Oscilloscope #1 – What is an Oscilloscope, How it Works and How to Use it.
        1. What is an Oscilloscope, How it Works and How to Use it

        In this tutorial / lesson for beginners I cover the following topics on oscilloscopes:

        * What is an oscilloscope?
        * Oscilloscope basics
        * Oscilloscope tutorial
        * How does an oscilloscope work?
        * How to use an oscilloscope.
        * How to read a signal on an oscilloscope screen.
        * Time base / scale, seconds per division (s/div), signal scale in volts per division (v / div)
        * Horizontal position adjustment, vertical position adjustment, trigger point adjustment.
        * high frequency signals, low frequency signals, the period of a signal, square wave signals, pulse width modulated signals (PWM), sine wave signals (sinusoidal), measuring a signal.
        * Multimeter comparison to oscilloscope
        * Charging a capacitor over time
        * Reference / calibration signal
        * Oscilloscope probes

        Tutorial on the basics of what an oscilloscope is, how it works and how to use it.

        The oscilloscope is an electronic “time machine”!

        Siglent SDS1072CML Bench Oscilloscope (Bandwidth 70MHz)
        Buy it here: http://www.tester.co.uk/siglent-sds10…

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        How to use an Oscilloscope #2 – How to acquire a signal
        2. How to acquire a signal

        A tutorial on using the controls on an oscilloscope to acquire a signal.

        * Time base / scale, seconds per division (s/div), signal scale in volts per division (v / div)
        * Horizontal position adjustment, vertical position adjustment, trigger point adjustment.
        * high frequency signals, low frequency signals, the period of a signal, square wave signals, pulse width modulated signals (PWM), sine wave signals (sinusoidal), measuring a signal.

        Buy oscilloscopes here: http://www.tester.co.uk/catalogsearch…
        or here: http://astore.amazon.com/m0711-20?nod…

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        How to use an Oscilloscope #3 – How to capture a signal event / glitch / transient
        3. How to capture a signal event / glitch / transient

        In this tutorial I used the ISO-TECH IDS 6072A-U oscilloscope and a bench power supply to demonstrate how you can use the single shot feature with triggering to capture a signal event / glitch / transient. I also the demonstrate the use of the cursor feature to measure a signal.

        Buy oscilloscopes here: http://www.tester.co.uk/catalogsearch…
        or from my Amazon store here: http://astore.amazon.com/m0711-20?nod…

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        How to Use an Oscilloscope #4 – Performance vs. Specifications
        4. Oscilloscope performance vs. specifications

        A look at oscilloscope real time sample rate, equivalent sample rate, memory depth and waveform update rate specifications…and does it translate to real world performance?

        I compare the ISO-TECH IDS 6072A-U vs. Siglent / ATTEN / XYTRON 1042CML vs. Agilent DSO-X 2002A

        Buy oscilloscopes here: http://www.tester.co.uk/catalogsearch…
        or from my Amazon store here: http://astore.amazon.com/m0711-20?nod…

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        How to use an Oscilloscope #5 – Oscilloscope Earthing / Isolation Challenges – Part 1
        5. Oscilloscope Earthing / Isolation Challenges - Part 1

        View all my tutorials and videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/mjlorton…

        In this video I demonstrate some of the challenges a common earth through the electrical mains system can pose for oscilloscopes and other test equipment. I show the benefits of a portable / handheld oscilloscope (Siglent SHS810) and one that has isolated inputs (Siglent SHS1102).

        (Problems with a function generator and oscilloscope that are both mains earth referenced.)

        Thanks to Tester.co.uk for the use of the two Siglent Oscilloscopes:
        http://www.tester.co.uk/siglent-shs81…
        http://www.tester.co.uk/siglent-shs11…

        In the USA you can buy you Siglent scopes here:
        http://astore.amazon.com/m0711-20?nod…

        Thanks to Curt for the Jameco Function Generator Kit (search for product 20685):
        http://www.avantlink.com/click.php?tt…

        EEVblog #279 – How NOT To Blow Up Your Oscilloscope! :
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaELq…

        ToddFun.com: Isolation Transformer – Tripp Lite IS1000:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11Yve…

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        How to use an Oscilloscope #6 – Earthing / Isolation Challenges – Part 2
        6. Oscilloscope Earthing / Isolation Challenges - Part 2

        In this video I demonstrate the use of the differential maths function on an oscilloscope to measure a signal and have “isolation” from earth.

        I follow-up and demonstrate the issues / noise / interference a DC power supply can have on a portable / handheld oscilloscope.

        I demonstrate how 1x, 10x and 100x oscilloscope probes can attenuate a high voltage to a lower level. I show how a high voltage 100x probe can be used to measure a signal over 1000 volts.

        Hantek 100MHz Oscilloscope High Voltage Clip Passive Probe, X100, Max. 2000VDC:
        http://astore.amazon.com/m0711-20/det…

        In the USA you can buy you Siglent scopes here:
        http://astore.amazon.com/m0711-20?nod…

        See more on probes by Alan (w2aew) and Dave Jones (EEVblog):-

        Basic 1X and 10X Oscilloscope Probe tutorial:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX4HG…

        EEVblog #453 – Mysteries of x1 Oscilloscope Probes Revealed:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiAmE…

  • In this series for beginners I cover the following topics on oscilloscopes:

    * What is an oscilloscope?
    * Oscilloscope basics
    * Oscilloscope tutorial
    * How does an oscilloscope work?
    * How to use an oscilloscope.
    * How to read a signal on an oscilloscope screen.
    * Time base / scale, seconds per division (s/div), signal scale in volts per division (v / div)
    * Horizontal position adjustment, vertical position adjustment, trigger point adjustment.
    * high frequency signals, low frequency signals, the period of a signal, square wave signals, pulse width modulated signals (PWM), sine wave signals (sinusoidal), measuring a signal.
    * Multimeter comparison to oscilloscope
    * Charging a capacitor over time
    * Reference / calibration signal
    * Oscilloscope probes

    I next move on to look at performance vs specification and then the challenges of isolations and earthing from the mains supply

    Siglent SDS1072CML Bench Oscilloscope (Bandwidth 70MHz)

    Buy oscilloscopes here: http://www.tester.co.uk/catalogsearch…
    or from my Amazon store here: http://astore.amazon.com/m0711-20?nod…

    Hantek 100MHz Oscilloscope High Voltage Clip Passive Probe, X100, Max. 2000VDC:
    http://astore.amazon.com/m0711-20/det…

    In the USA you can buy you Siglent scopes here:
    http://astore.amazon.com/m0711-20?nod…

    See more on probes by Alan (w2aew) and Dave Jones (EEVblog):-

    Basic 1X and 10X Oscilloscope Probe tutorial:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SX4HG…

    EEVblog #453 – Mysteries of x1 Oscilloscope Probes Revealed:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiAmE…