Our team uses several
videos cameras, infra-red extenders, DVR system, several audio
devices, wireless audio, several EMF meters, ion meters, gauss
meters, flash lights, black lights, infra-red thermo imaging device,
infra-red thermometers, laptop computers, large monitors, digital
cameras, laser grid scopes, motion sensors, 2-way radios, equipment
cases and much more!
Will You Need?
Ghost hunting requires a wide variety of equipment. Although, you may not
essentially need all these items listed below, it is always advantageous
to take as many of these as possible. Equipment can either aid you in
locating ghosts or paranormal activity or help you record and capture
that one bit of evidence that could change your view on the whole world.
Below is a list of equipment that is readily available and what we use
on a regular basis to investigate hauntings.
Please remember that you don't need expensive equipment to ghost hunt.
Example: A $20.00 camera works the same as a $2,000.00 camera! Well, of
course there are differences, but if you are going to catch something on
film, it doesn't matter how much you pay for your camera!
Audio recording equipment:
Being digital or tape, a general everyday dictaphone can pick up on
noises that aren't audible to the human ear. Through experience though,
SRS has found digital recorders to be a lot more productive than
micro-cassette recorders, maybe because the digital recorders doesn't
have the magnetic qualities of the tape.
A compass reacts to disturbances in the electronic field. Obviously it
goes without saying, never use them near electric equipment because your
likely to get a false reading. But if your in an open area and the
compass is veering off its north facing point, this could denote
paranormal activity in the area.
Some hauntings or investigations may contain some sort of poltergeist
activity, this is where a control object may come in useful. Just place
a small object in an area, and mark off its edges so that you know if it
has moved or not. Sometime an object in keeping with the ghosts time
period is more likely to move than other objects.
Some locations may contain a lot of shiny surfaces, if they create a
problem just cover them up.
Flour Or Fine Powder:
You can use this to spread a thin coating across a surface to see if you
can register any imprints on it.
A compass helps you determine which direction you are pointing along
A lot more sophisticated than a compass, an EMF meter can pick up on
small disturbances in the electro magnetic field and background
radiation. These are also relatively inexpensive.
Useful for picking up on any changes in the air humidity.
Infra Red Boosters:
Although not essential, these can certainly increase the range and
clarity of your recording equipment. These are great to measure surface
temperatures of hot, hazardous or difficult-to-reach objects, without
These are excellent at pin pointing hot and cold spots from a distance.
There are many different types of thermometers and they do many things
that are very useful to an investigator.
These can be very handy indeed. They just work on the principle of
something breaking the infra red beam. Always try to film an area that
has motion detectors in it because if the beam gets broken, you may have
something on tape like a ghost!
Notepad And Pens:
Definitely essential to log information and events as they happen. Make
sure that you have a nice sized pad and a few pens with ya just in case
one decides not to work!
Probably the most accessible and vital piece of equipment there is to
have. Digital cameras are very cheap now a days and so are 35ML cameras!
With the age of digital technology, it has made it easy to take hundreds
of photos in one single investigation. We find either type of camera, be
it film or digital, can pick up on paranormal activity. Just remember
keep a very steady hand when taking the pictures otherwise you camera
can produce effects that isn't paranormal.
It's best that you have extra batteries with you on your investigations.
Spirits, entities, etc. can and will drain your batteries very quickly
into an investigation and have been known to interfere with electrical
equipment. If you don't have extra batteries, your investigation will
end rather quickly if this happens! It's best to have extra batteries
for your camera, video cameras, recorders, etc. You can never go with
too much spare equipment! Also, you don't want to run out of film. When
you start taking pictures, you don't realize how quick you go through
35ML film and even on your digital camera.
Most cameras/camcorders now come with a night vision facility, usually
called night shot or O Lux. Almost all investigations take place in the
dark so your camera needs to be able to see in pitch black. Also, infra
red can see things the human eye can not. Video cameras/camcorders start
pretty cheap at $79.00 to as much as you wish to pay for one, but in
order to get a decent camera/recorder you don't need to pay the big
bucks anymore! You really don't need an expensive video camera/camcorder
to catch ghosts on cameras! If they are going to show up, they will if
it is expensive or not! But, this is an investment and in all reality,
the better equipment you have the better it will serve your purpose!
If your in a large group and you separate, this is the best and cheapest
way to keep in touch. A good place to find Walkie Talkies is at
RadioShack. You can get them from $6.00 to $200.00. Honestly, you don't
need the $200.00 radios. They come in 2 packs and have ranges starting
at 3 miles. This is perfect for for you to use when going on
investigations when you need to separate.
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