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    1. Entry-level oscilloscope and function generator

      Hi physics tilderinos, I'm about to move into my own apartment and have my own space for the first time in a long time. I'm a software engineer by profession, but I'm an avid electronics hobbyist,...

      Hi physics tilderinos, I'm about to move into my own apartment and have my own space for the first time in a long time. I'm a software engineer by profession, but I'm an avid electronics hobbyist, and I'd love to get my own simple lab set up. I already have the essential handheld gear - soldering iron, multimeter, etc - but I don't have access to an oscilloscope or a decent function generator.

      I do know how to use a scope, though only analog, since my last one in high school was a Beckman Industrial Circuitmate 9020 20MHz analog scope from the 90s. I'm considering the Rigol DS1054Z, since it's recommended by a lot of hobbyists and the software options are all hackable (so you can buy the cheap version and get all the options free). I'd love to know of alternatives and any issues with this scope, or advice on how to find a better one (noting that $400 is really the absolute top of my price range).

      For a function generator, on the other hand, I have absolutely no idea what to buy. I was looking at a couple of DDS generator kits, but a $75 generator kit seems like it would be a biiiit sketch. Any help is appreciated.

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