Tips for Using the Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope


Tips for Using the Rigol DS1052E Oscilloscope

In this article I share a few tips I’ve learned about using the Rigol DS1052E oscilloscope.

  • Push the knobs
  • Long memory
  • Use zoom
  • Using the menus
  • Don’t press auto
  • Screenshots
  • Built-in help
  • Triggering
  • Controlling the channels
  • Use the colored probe rings
  • Cursors
  • Finding the manual

Really excellent tips for this great scope!


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