No one buys a damn $8000 oscilloscope for Christmas

December 18, 2008 at 10:44 am | | hardware, science and the public

Why, I ask you, does it seem that every vendor I’ve even thought about soliciting a quote from has decided to flood my email with “Holiday Specials” on highly specialized scientific equipment? There’s a reason that O. Henry tells not of Jim selling his oscilloscope to buy Della a phototube cryocooler, while Della sells her monochromator to buy Jim a signal generator. That reason is because it’s moronic.

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  1. Does anyone know where to buy good analog oscilloscopes? I don’t trust digital scopes for picking up features in the nanosecond regime.

    Comment by Mitch — December 18, 2008 #

  2. wait, that’s not how the story goes? what the hell is a magi??

    Comment by sam — December 18, 2008 #

  3. I’ve actually got something of a post on this topic that I’ve been putting off for a while. I guess I should actually finish putting it together. (We have the same problem looking at fast photodiode outputs).

    Comment by Kendall — December 18, 2008 #

  4. Fry’s??????

    Comment by Scott — December 18, 2008 #

  5. try Test Equipment Connection they have a great selection of new and used analog scopes

    Comment by phil — December 19, 2008 #

  6. I’ve had good luck with Ebay scopes — 400 MHz for $500 seems pretty reasonable. They usually last a few years …or more.

    Comment by A2Z — December 19, 2008 #

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