The Tektronix 581 is a 100 MHz tube scope introduced in 1959 as a single time base version of the 585. Like all 580-series scopes, it uses 580-series plug-ins.

Tektronix 581
100 (95) MHz oscilloscope
Tektronix 581 (early model)

Produced from 1959 to 1972

Manuals

(All manuals in PDF format unless noted otherwise)

The 58x series were the first Tektronix scopes to use distributed deflection plates and the last to use distributed amplifiers for vertical deflection. At 100 MHz (down-rated to 95 MHz in 1962 and 85 MHz for the 581A) with the Type 80 plug-in and up to 85 MHz with the dual-channel Type 82, they were the highest-speed general purpose scopes of Tek's tube scope era (the 1 GHz 519 was specialized with no vertical amplifier).

The vertical signal path of the 581 is the same as that of the 585. It uses the T581 CRT. Type 581 scopes with serial numbers up to 510 use an all-tube trigger circuit. Starting at serial number 511, the 581 uses tunnel diode triggering.

A Type 581A was introduced in 1963, and it is specified to have a bandwidth of 85 MHz instead of 100 MHz. The somewhat relaxed bandwidth specification improved CRT production yield which had been a problem when the scope was specified to 100 MHz.

Key Specifications

Rise time 3.5 ns with Type 80 plugin and P80 probe
Timebase 50 ns/Div to 2 s/Div, 1−2−5, variable ×2.5, magnifier ×5, single sweep; X input
CRT T581, distributed vertical deflection plates, 10 kV acceleration
Outputs A Sawtooth, A Gate, B Gate, Calibrator (0.2 mV to 100 Vp-p, 1−2−5)

Pictures

581

581A

Schematics

Components

Some Parts Used in the 581

Part Part Number(s) Class Description Used in
120-0141-00 120-0141-00 Discrete component power transformer 581 581A 585 585A
12AU6 154-0040-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) RF pentode 81 112 1L10 1L20 1L60 3L10 512 556 575 545 547 549 581 585 A B C G K H L ML M N O R S Z
12AU7 154-041 154-0041-00 154-0287-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual medium-μ triode 104 104A 122 160 161 162 181 190 310 310A 316 317 3C66 502 502A 507 511A 512 516 517 517A 524 526 535 536 545 545A 545B 547 549 555 561 564 570 575 581 581A 585 585A C D E N Q Hickok 1825
12AX7 154-043 154-0043-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual triode 3C66 513 524 531 531A 535 536 545 545A 545B 546 547 549 555 570 581 581A 585 585A E Q Hickok 1825
12B4 154-044 154-0044-00 Vacuum Tube (Triode) power triode 126 310 310A 316 317 502 502A 524 526 541 541A 535 535A 545 545A 546 547 570 549 551 555 513 581 581A 585 585A
18NO30 Discrete component 18 V, 30-second delay relay 581 585
5642 154-0051-00 154-0079-00 Vacuum Tube (Diode) directly-heated high-voltage rectifier 310 310A 316 317 360 453 502 502A 503 504 506 513 515 516 524 529 RM529 533 533A 535 536 543 543A 543B 545 545A 545B 547 551 555 556 560 561 561A 561S 564 567 570 575 581 581A 585 585A 647 647A
5651 154-052 154-0052-00 154-0288-00 Gas Discharge Tube (Voltage regulator) 87 V voltage reference 128 160 310 310A 502 503 504 511A 512 516 517 524 526 531 531A 535 536 541 541A 543 543A 543B 545 545A 545B 570 549 581 581A 585 585A
6080 154-0056-00 154-0315-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual power triode 132 160 316 317 516 535 535A RM35A 541 541A 535 536 545 545A 545B 546 547 549 565 567 575 581 581A 585 585A
6939 Vacuum Tube (Dual Tetrode) dual tetrode 581 585
6AL5 154-016 154-0016-00 154-0038-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Diode) high-perveance dual diode 163 181 190 1M1 310 310A 315 316 317 3B1 3B1S 3B2 3B3 3B5 502 502A 503 511 511A 512 516 517 517A 524 526 535 535A 545 545A 549 551 565 570 581 581A 585 585A C T Telequipment D56 Telequipment S52
6AU5 154-021 154-0021-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) 10 W beam power pentode 507 513 516 517 517A 531 535 541 535 545 547 581 581A 585 585A
6AU6 154-0022-00 157-0073-00 157-0059-00 154-0284-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) RF pentode 107 160 181 190 60 2A60 72 3A72 3C66 310 310A 316 317 360 502 502A 506 511 511A 512 513 516 517 517A 524 526 529 RM529 531 531A 535 536 545 545A 546 547 549 555 561 561A 561S 564 565 567 570 575 581 581A 585 585A 80 C CA Q
6CL6 154-031 154-0031-00 154-0286-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) 7.5 W power pentode 132 310 310A 316 317 515 524 525 531 535 535A 545 545A 545B 549 570 581 581A 585 585A 3A74
6CY5 154-0207-00 Vacuum Tube (Tetrode) tetrode 581 585 581A 585A
6DJ8 154-0187-00 154-0305-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual triode 132 161 310A 316 317 502 502A 503 504 506 515 516 519 526 529 RM529 533 535 536 543 544 545 545A 545B 546 547 549 555 556 561A 561S 564 565 567 581 581A 585 585A 661 1A4 1S1 60 2A60 63 2A63 67 2B67 3A1 3A1S 3A2 3A3 3A6 3A7 72 3A72 75 3A75 4S2 51 3B1 3B1S 3B2 3B3 3B4 3M1 3S76 3T77 3T77A 9A1 9A2 1121 80 81 82 86 B O W Z Telequipment D56 Telequipment S32A Telequipment D52 S-311 Telequipment TD51 Telequipment S52 Telequipment S51 Telequipment Type A TU-4
6EW6 154-0212-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) pentode 132 360 51 527 581 581A 585 585A 3T77 3T77A
6NO45 Discrete component 6.3 V / 500 mA, 45-second delay relay 581 585
7699 Vacuum Tube (Dual Tetrode) dual tetrode 581 585
NE-2 150-002 150-0002-00 Gas Discharge Tube (Neon lamp) Neon lamp 511 511A 581 581A 585 585A 545A TU-4
OC171 152-0102-00 Discrete component Germanium PNP transistor 581 585
STD615 152-0102-00 Discrete component 10 mA, 28 pF germanium tunnel diode 581 585 TU-5
T581 154-0224-00 154-0228-00 154-0229-00 154-0230-00 154-0297-00 154-0354-00 154-0396-00 154-0435-00 154-0445-00 154-0446-00 154-0479-00 154-0479-01 154-0479-02 CRT CRT 581 585


Some Parts Used in the 581A

Part Part Number(s) Class Description Used in
120-0141-00 120-0141-00 Discrete component power transformer 581 581A 585 585A
12AU7 154-041 154-0041-00 154-0287-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual medium-μ triode 104 104A 122 160 161 162 181 190 310 310A 316 317 3C66 502 502A 507 511A 512 516 517 517A 524 526 535 536 545 545A 545B 547 549 555 561 564 570 575 581 581A 585 585A C D E N Q Hickok 1825
12AX7 154-043 154-0043-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual triode 3C66 513 524 531 531A 535 536 545 545A 545B 546 547 549 555 570 581 581A 585 585A E Q Hickok 1825
12B4 154-044 154-0044-00 Vacuum Tube (Triode) power triode 126 310 310A 316 317 502 502A 524 526 541 541A 535 535A 545 545A 546 547 570 549 551 555 513 581 581A 585 585A
1N3848 152-0140-00 Discrete component 10 mA, 25 pF tunnel diode 581A 585A RM585A 7B52 S-53
5642 154-0051-00 154-0079-00 Vacuum Tube (Diode) directly-heated high-voltage rectifier 310 310A 316 317 360 453 502 502A 503 504 506 513 515 516 524 529 RM529 533 533A 535 536 543 543A 543B 545 545A 545B 547 551 555 556 560 561 561A 561S 564 567 570 575 581 581A 585 585A 647 647A
5651 154-052 154-0052-00 154-0288-00 Gas Discharge Tube (Voltage regulator) 87 V voltage reference 128 160 310 310A 502 503 504 511A 512 516 517 524 526 531 531A 535 536 541 541A 543 543A 543B 545 545A 545B 570 549 581 581A 585 585A
6080 154-0056-00 154-0315-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual power triode 132 160 316 317 516 535 535A RM35A 541 541A 535 536 545 545A 545B 546 547 549 565 567 575 581 581A 585 585A
6AL5 154-016 154-0016-00 154-0038-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Diode) high-perveance dual diode 163 181 190 1M1 310 310A 315 316 317 3B1 3B1S 3B2 3B3 3B5 502 502A 503 511 511A 512 516 517 517A 524 526 535 535A 545 545A 549 551 565 570 581 581A 585 585A C T Telequipment D56 Telequipment S52
6AU5 154-021 154-0021-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) 10 W beam power pentode 507 513 516 517 517A 531 535 541 535 545 547 581 581A 585 585A
6AU6 154-0022-00 157-0073-00 157-0059-00 154-0284-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) RF pentode 107 160 181 190 60 2A60 72 3A72 3C66 310 310A 316 317 360 502 502A 506 511 511A 512 513 516 517 517A 524 526 529 RM529 531 531A 535 536 545 545A 546 547 549 555 561 561A 561S 564 565 567 570 575 581 581A 585 585A 80 C CA Q
6CL6 154-031 154-0031-00 154-0286-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) 7.5 W power pentode 132 310 310A 316 317 515 524 525 531 535 535A 545 545A 545B 549 570 581 581A 585 585A 3A74
6CY5 154-0207-00 Vacuum Tube (Tetrode) tetrode 581 585 581A 585A
6DJ8 154-0187-00 154-0305-00 Vacuum Tube (Dual Triode) dual triode 132 161 310A 316 317 502 502A 503 504 506 515 516 519 526 529 RM529 533 535 536 543 544 545 545A 545B 546 547 549 555 556 561A 561S 564 565 567 581 581A 585 585A 661 1A4 1S1 60 2A60 63 2A63 67 2B67 3A1 3A1S 3A2 3A3 3A6 3A7 72 3A72 75 3A75 4S2 51 3B1 3B1S 3B2 3B3 3B4 3M1 3S76 3T77 3T77A 9A1 9A2 1121 80 81 82 86 B O W Z Telequipment D56 Telequipment S32A Telequipment D52 S-311 Telequipment TD51 Telequipment S52 Telequipment S51 Telequipment Type A TU-4
6EW6 154-0212-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) pentode 132 360 51 527 581 581A 585 585A 3T77 3T77A
7788 154-0420-00 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) long life, shock and vibration resistant pentode 529 RM529 581A 585A RM581 RM585 Telequipment D56
8426 Vacuum Tube (Pentode) RF pentode O 545A 547 549 581A 585A
NE-2 150-002 150-0002-00 Gas Discharge Tube (Neon lamp) Neon lamp 511 511A 581 581A 585 585A 545A TU-4
SMTD995 152-0140-01 Discrete component 10 mA, 8 pF tunnel diode 1S1 1S2 1502 21A 22A 3T5 3T6 475 475A 475M 544 R544 546 RM546 547 RM547 556 R556 581A 585A RM585 7B52 7B53N 7B70 7B71 7D10 7D11 7T11 7T11A R7912 S-51 S-52 TU-5 067-0572-00 067-0572-01 067-0681-00
T5810 154-0479-00 154-0479-01 154-0479-02 CRT CRT 581A 585A


Some Plugins compatible with 580-series scopes

Page Manufacturer Model Description Introduced Discontinued
80 Tektronix 80 vertical amplifier 1959 (?)
81 Tektronix Type 81 plug-in adapter 1960 1972
82 Tektronix 82 85 MHz dual-trace amplifier 1962 1972
84 Tektronix 84 calibration fixture 1962 (?)
86 Tektronix 86 vertical amplifier 1963 1972
TU-3 Tektronix calibration fixture (?) (?)