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Equipment


 


Equipment

 

We have included the various types of equipment used in capturing spirit photographs, EVPs, and other types of anomalies, along with some tips.
Ethereal Thoughts

I have added a link to Pro-Measure, a supplier of paranormal equipment. They offer individual pieces or paranormal kits including various types of equipment. If you are interested in a K-11 meter, I would highly recommend the one with the "on/off" switch. Click Here!

My recorder is an inexpensive GE Fast Playback, with an extra detachable micro phone (which is preferred) It has 1/2 speed or normal speed, as well as AVR (which I believe means "Active Voice Recording", which means it will only record when it is picking up a noise rather then playing an entire cassette which you then later have to listen to.

I tend to use a program called "Hijack" to record my EVPs onto my computer and am happy with it. There are many other programs that are free that can be downloaded and have some great attributes such as slowing down or speeding up the sound, seeing graphs of the sounds, etc.

Free "Audacity" downloads for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP:

Click here!

Free "Audacity" downloads for Mac OSX, Windows, Linus and VST plug-ins:

Click here!


Audio Equipment

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There are two types of commonly used equipment, cassette and digital recorders when trying to capture electronic voice phenomenon, although more and more people are using their computers and even baby monitors to pick up spirit movement. Any recording device will work, but it is advised that you try to use an external microphone, not just the built in microphone as they tend to pick up the sounds of the gears inside the machine itself. Brand name tapes are recommended and not using any tape more then once. Since changing tapes all the time can be expensive, some people opt for digital cameras instead. If you have an "AVR" (activated voice recording) feature on your recorder, it is best to use it. This saves a lot of time because the recorder will only record what is heard and will not have to be left on continuously as it will turn itself on/off. Another nice feature of this is that any noises or voices will be at the front end of the tape itself so you do not have to sit and listen to the entire tape. Although I have both a digital recorder and a micro cassette, I prefer the micro cassette

To learn how recording works Click Here!

To learn how to capture EVP's on a computer Click Here!


EMF

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Electromagnetic Field Detectors (EMF) are hand held devices that monitors the electromagnetic field. Professional ghost hunters have found that spirits can manipulate these fields in two different ways:


  • Generating their own field

  • Manipulating the natural field of the universe itself.


    The various styles can include lights to indicate the levels, or a scale or alarm. The meter itself should read from 0.1 to ten milligauss. Energy anomalies fall within a range of three to seven. Any reading less then 1.0 is probably background levels and can be ignored. You should walk through the area being researched for an average reading and to see if there are any natural hot spots, prior to starting your search. One negative aspect of the EMF is that you have to be close to an entity in order to register any change. Once you have established a base line reading, then you should slowly walk around the area to see any changes in the miligauss.


    To see how an EMF Detector works and to learn more about our personal experience, please go to the "Video Activities" page where you can see the EMF in action. This is the model that I use. I did get a skin iritation on my foot during this session because I was holding the meter rather then putting it on a stool and asking the spirits to come to the meter.


  • DB Meter

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    The DB Meter (or gauge, as some call it) is a decibel gauge that detects audio frequencies outside the hearing range of humans. It must be absolutely silent in order to get a correct audio reading.


    Compass

     

    An old fashion compass can also be used in lieu of an EMF as the compass can pick up discrepancies in the magnetic field. Any dramatic change in the "North" pointing arrow can show the direction in which a spirit is moving. A digital compass will also tell the time, temperature, and degrees. Can be purchased at Radio Shack and is very inexpensive. A regular compass can also be used although you will not have the little extras. I personally prefer to sit the compass on a step stool or table so I know there should be no movement at all.


    Temperature Devices

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    The devices show both "Hot" or "Cold" spots which have been seen in areas of paranormal activity. It is thought that the change in temperature is due to a spirit's absorption of surrounding energy. These changes can be detected even at a distance.

    There are two types of equipment that fall under this type of device:

  • Digital thermometers - This type of thermomeer is left in a location and has an alarm that notes any drastic termperature change. The alarm can be set to be heard if the temperature drops below a set temperature.

  • Thermal scanners - These are also known as Thermal Scanners/IR (Infra red) Guns and allows temperatures to be taken from a distance. They are very expensive, but are accurate with three degrees. An entire area can be scanned by holding the trigger. Some models even come with a laser pointer.


  • Full Spectrum Camera

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    This full spectrum camera and the illuminator are a "must" for any paranormal investigator. It is small, light weight, and extremely good for picture and video clips. The best part is that it isn't too expensive for the average person to afford. It has a 8x zoom, 2.4" TFT color display, uses a micro SD card and has a 7Vli-ion rechargeable battery. It works good with or without the illuminator, but the illuminator is very helpful. Click Here!


    Cameras

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    Almost any type of camera will do the job, although digital has the best reputation, whereas Poloroid and throw-a-way, have the worst. The less expensive digital cameras have a lower mega-pixel count so the pictures cannot be made too big or they become grainy. A lot of the lower cost end digitals do however have adjustments that can be made for "normal", "better", and "best", keeping in mind that the more pixels used per picture means the fewer pictures you can take at anyone time until they are uploaded to your computer or printed and then deleted from your camera. It is not necessary to have an expensive or professional camera in order to take spirit photos. I have a HP 320.

    To see photographs, please go to the "Albums" and "Friends of Orbs" pages.


    Video Cameras

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    Most video cameras are used by setting them on a tripod. They will pick up any sound and/or movement in the area and are considered the best evidence of spirits photos. Some models will have night vision built into them so you can record in complete darkness.

    To watch videos captured by video cameras Click Here!


    Night Vision

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    Night vision goggles (can be expensive) or a Night Vision Monocle (less expensive) serves two purposes:

  • Allows visibility in low light or dark locations
  • Amplifies light
  • Anomalies such as orbs and spirit photos/activities can be made visible through night vision. Although there is a "greenish" cast, walking through the house completely in the dark is very possible as the night vision creates the room to look as though it it lit.

    I personally have a Monocle and while looking into the kitchen area in pure darkness, I saw what appeared to be a woman's face. I handed the Monocle to a friend (without telling him what I saw) and asked him to look into the kitchen and tell me if he saw anything. He described the woman's face in the exact area where I saw it, rounded face and features, and all. I then proceeded to get my camera and caught an spirit photo in the form of an orb directly above where the face was seen.


  • K 2 Meter

     

    Some people prefer to use this meter for a visual communication rather than an electronic voice recording. This meter detects an upsurge in the electromagnetic field (the same way an EMF detector does), however, it has been used in paranormal investigations by asking spirit people to make two or more lights come on for "yes" and one light for "no". I love using this piece of equipment the most for personal communication, although I have found that the Guass Master will intensify in sound for a "yes" answer.


    Thermal Imaging

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    Although extremely expensive, thermal vision (or thermal imaging) allows the viewer to see energy and heat by the colors they project.


    Air Ion Counter

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    This equipment measures the positive and negative ions in the area. Many people believe that spirits creates high amounts of positive ions because of their electromagnetic discharges. Because this equipment is so expensive, it is most often used by professional ghost hunters.


    YOKI

     

    Andre Lunet, the inventor of the Yoki, invented this amazing piece of equipment to gauge the respone of our energy field during meditation, but I have also found it to be a useful tool in addition to other equipment verifying high EMF fields. The deeper the meditation, the faster the Yoki will rotate, but it will also rotate on its own when spirit energy is around.


    Trail Camera

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    I didn't get this trail camera until one of the readers sent me some unbelievable photos taken with the one her and her husband have. This has become one of my favorite pieces since the flash is extremely strong, it works on motion detection, and has really given me a much greater insight on what really is around us. Trail cameras are typically used by hunters to see where animals are feeding, but it is an inexpensive tool that I highly recommend.  There are also brands that include a motion sensor and video mode.


    Cell Phone

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    A cell phone comes in real handy if you do not have your camera or camcorder with you. It is capable of not only taking pictures, but short film clips and sound.


    Sound Amplifier

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    This little sound amplifier is amazing as it picks up and amplifies noises and sounds from across the room. A perfect instrument for those who hear whispering and cannot make out what is being said.


    Flashlight

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    A flashlight where the end cap will tighten and loosen on the battery compartment.


    Tips

     

  • Always keep a log of all dates, locations, times, sounds, readings, photos, etc.
  • Always keep a flashlight in case you get scared and to see where you are walking.
  • Always wear a watch or have a clock near by so you can keep track of when something happens.
  • If using a 35mm camera or any other type camera that uses film, invest in a good quality name brand.

  • Opinions by Gary

     

    I wish that I could speak from a position of authority or expertise on the subject, but I can not. I have some general, practical knowledge on the subject of light measurement. Only because I’ve been providing visible light, UVA and UVB meters to commercial, industrial and scientific research companies for 25 years. By the way if any of your kids or grandkids are ever doing a school Science project involving light measurement, let me know. I have a special program that provides light meters (for free) to help the kids out.

    Anyway, if you would like my constructive opinion I will share this with you. I agree with your husband in principal that the human eye has a higher sensitivity, response and image resolution then any commercial digital camera out there. Scientists have proven this to be factual and true. But you have to understand that the human eye can only detect and/or see visible light that falls within a specific wavelength spectrum which happens to be between 400 to 700 nanometers.

    The human eye is not capable of "seeing" radiation with wavelengths outside the visible spectrum. I believe that Orbs may fall into this category.

    Many investigators who have researched the Orb phenomenon have used Infrared cameras and IR film to capture moving Orbs with a high degree of clarity and accuracy.

    Clearly it is not my intent, nor will it ever be to convince, persuade, or alter another person’s belief or conviction related to the Spiritual realm or the many mysteries that abound our universe. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I admire and respect that.

    Last night before I went to bed, I stood before the mirror in my bathroom at a distance of about 5 feet. And at that distance, I can see my full Aura from my left hip, up over my head and down to my right hip. The white, green and yellow Aura “bands” project outward 10”-12” from my body. My wife walked in and said “what are you doing”? I said, “I’m looking at my Aura…it’s getting alot stronger”. Then I said, “I wonder why is it that if I can see my Aura which falls into the Infrared Spectrum I can’t see Melissa’s Orb”. You see Claire, its part of human nature to be naturally inquisitive, or even a healthy skeptic like your husband. And although I too (sometimes) fall into this category, the difference is that at 52, my mind has now been opened to limitless possibilities. Possibilities which are substantiated by undeniable, physical and unexplainable life experiences that have reversed my logical, and analytical way of thinking.

    Three years ago I couldn't begin to tell you what an Aura or ADC was. Or even if I believed in the afterlife. I had no reason to to so. Today... I know with all my heart and soul, that one of these days when I’m doing one of my Aura exercises, I will physically see Melissa’s Orb touch my cheek and I will feel a gentle kiss. It’s the little boy in me that never stopped believing.

    Gary's views on UVA and UVB Meters.


     

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