Oscilloscope Probes

An oscilloscope is considered to be the most used instrument for electrical engineers who need to measure electrical characteristics of electronic devices but you also need at least one probe.
Things to consider when choosing probes
• Ensure the probe's input connector matches the connector on your scope
• Choose a probe whose input resistance and capacitance match the input resistance and capacitance of your scope - matching is critical for guaranteeing proper signal transfer and signal accuracy
The best approach, for matching a probe with a scope, is to first choose a probe whose capacitance is within the range of your scope and then fine-tune the probe's capacitance by adjusting its compensation network using the probe's trimmer capacitor.
The 1X probes are suitable for many low frequency applications. They typically offer the same input impedance of the oscilloscope which is normally 1 M Ohm. The most common type of probe with a built in attenuator gives an attenuation of ten, and it is known as a 10X oscilloscope probe
Types of probes
Passive probes are the most commonly used probes for taking measurements. They are easy to use, relatively inexpensive, and fairly rugged. Available in the following configurations:
• 1´: no attenuation
• 10´: factor-of-10 attenuation
• 100´: factor-of-100 attenuation
• 1000´: factor-of-1000 attenuation
Attenuation probes serve to multiply the voltage measurement range of the oscilloscope by using an internal resistor that, when used in conjunction with the input resistance of the scope, creates a voltage divider. Useful for the following reasons:
• It allows for the measurement of a signal that might exceed the limits of the oscilloscope.
• The attenuation circuitry results in higher resistance and lower capacitance, which is important for high-frequency measurements.
Active probes contain active components, such as FETs or amplifiers. Commonly used for taking high-speed measurements (>500 MHz) or on high-impedance circuits. One limitation is their limited voltage range.
Differential probes are popular for measuring high-frequency signals or signals of very low amplitude.
A current probe measures the electrical current flowing through a conductor.
Tips
• Always use an appropriate probe tip and/or probe tip adapter whenever possible
• Keep ground leads short

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RS Stock No. 702-7910
Mfr. Part No.11060A
$55.14
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Surface Mount Device - - - - 11060A - - - - - -
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$322.13
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Passive 1:10 150MHz - BNC 10074D - CAT I, CAT II 400 V, 500 V - CAT I 500 V, CAT II 400 V 2.33ns
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$212.20
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Gripper - - - - 10072A - - - - - -
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Mfr. Part No.N2874A
$690.13
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Passive 1:10 1.5GHz - BNC N2874A - CAT I 8.5V N2870A CAT I 8.5V -
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Passive 1:1, 1:10 75MHz - BNC 1000/3000 X-Series 1 CAT II 150 Vrms, 300 Vrms InfiniiVision CAT II 150 Vrms, CAT II 300 Vrms -
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Passive 1:1, 1:10 200MHz - BNC 1000/3000 X-Series 1 CAT II 150 Vrms, 300 Vrms InfiniiVision CAT II 150 Vrms, CAT II 300 Vrms -
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Mfr. Part No.N2889A
$216.53
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Passive 1:1, 1:10 350MHz - BNC N2889A - CAT I, CAT II 150 V ac, 300 V ac N28XXA/B CAT I 15 V ac, CAT I 300 V ac, CAT II 15 V ac, CAT II 300 V ac 1 ns, 35 ns
RS Stock No. 702-3902
Mfr. Part No.N2873A
$604.80
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Passive 1:10 500MHz - BNC N2873A - CAT I, CAT II 300 V, 400 V N2870A CAT I 400 V, CAT II 300 V -
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Mfr. Part No.N2876A
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Passive 1:100 1.5GHz - BNC N2876A - CAT I 21V N2870A CAT I 21 V -
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Mfr. Part No.N2871A
$413.87
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Passive 1:10 200MHz - BNC N2871A - CAT I, CAT II 300 V, 400 V N2870A CAT I 400 V, CAT II 300 V -
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Mfr. Part No.U1561A
$195.30
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Passive 1:10 250MHz - - U1561A - CAT III 600V - CAT III 600 V -
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Mfr. Part No.N2870A
$379.73
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Passive 1:1 35MHz - BNC N2870A - CAT II 55V N287XA CAT II 55V -
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Mfr. Part No.N2796A
$3,502.93
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Active 1:10 2GHz - - N2796A - - - N - 175ps
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Mfr. Part No.N2843A
$340.63
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Passive 10:1 500MHz - - N2843A 1 CAT II - - CAT II 300 Vrms 700ps
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Mfr. Part No.N2790A
$2,454.40
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Differential, High Voltage 1:50, 1:500 100MHz 1.4kV BNC N2790A - CAT II, CAT III 600 V, 1000 V N CAT II 1000 V, CAT III 600 V 3.5ns
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Mfr. Part No.U1562A
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Passive 1:100 300MHz - - U1562A - CAT III 600V - CAT III 600 V -