10 Reasons Every Hobbyist Needs an Oscilloscope

My Model

Reason #1: It’s like a multimeter, but way cooler!

Strangely cyclic noise that I found in one of my power supplies…

Reason #2: You can use them to debug the analog outputs of sensors

The analog output of an IR distance sensor in front of a spinning object

Reason #3: They’re great for catching simple errors

Reason #4: Oscilloscopes are especially proficient at debugging PWM signals

Reason #5: You can use oscilloscopes to debug communications busses

A normal-looking I2C bus

Reason #6: They make it really easy to collect data

Square wave output and the collected data imported into Numbers

Reason #7: They’re great educational tools

SPI Clock Line

Reason #8: SOME GUY MADE 3D OSCILLOSCOPE ART

Reason #9: You can perform complex math analysis on multiple waveforms

Subtraction of two identical waveforms produces a flat line

Reason #10: They make a great backdrop/prop for photos

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I'm a Harvard student, maker, and radio enthusiast. Check out my book on radio communications at amzn.to/341cywA and my website at www.AlexWulff.com

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Alex Wulff

Alex Wulff

I'm a Harvard student, maker, and radio enthusiast. Check out my book on radio communications at amzn.to/341cywA and my website at www.AlexWulff.com

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