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Re: Blown 150 Mhz Oscilloscope (fwd)

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Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 07:26:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ben McMillen <spoonman534@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Blown 150 Mhz Oscilloscope (fwd)

Hello Dave,
   I would suggest a tube scope. They're heavy, but they're also nearly bombproof. They're much more forgiving than their digital counterparts. I imagine one of these could be picked up on ebay for relatively cheap. (much much less than 500 bucks).

for example: 
(or just search for ebay item # 

Hope that helps.

Coiling In Pittsburgh
Ben McMillen
Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
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Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 23:17:50 EDT
From: Davetracer@xxxxxxx
To: tesla@xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Blown 150 Mhz Oscilloscope

I was dumb enough to use my oscilloscope to watch the output of a spark-gap  
Tesla Coil. I used a 1 inch piece of wire as an antenna and thought I was 
safe,  but, my 'scope is dead. It looks like channel A is completely fried, 
channel B  is completely out of whack, and the horizontal timing circuits are messed 
up as  well.
I feel smart, not.
I'm looking for advice. If you were picking up a new oscilloscope these  
days, what would you get? I hear you say, "What do you need?". I had a nice 150  
Mhz Kenwood 'scope. I've seen the USB scopes that plug into PC's but have never 
 used them. I'd love to get digital storage if I could keep it under a 
thousand  dollars.
Anything I should look for? Anyone have a scope in this range they're  
looking to get rid of? Advice?
Let me gently suggest that using a 'scope to look at a Tesla Coil is best  
done more carefully than I did.
   Dave Small

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