So, what is used to investigate the paranormal?
There is a variety of equipment used to investigate the paranormal. Each investigation is different, some require more equipment and people than others. So there's no manual etched in stone on what you need or should use. You can start out investigating local cemeteries or other known haunted area's you may have near you with a few tools such as a camera, (either digital or regular film type),and or just an audio recorder (either digital or tape type). Other items you may use want to consider are a non contact thermometer, flashlight, EMF detector, and notepad and pen or pencil. Of course not all of these are needed to enjoy a night of ghost hunting, but these are some common items used.
P.S.: Keep in mind each person and group has their own opinions on what to use and what models or brand names work best etc. This is just a general idea of items you could use, and may see used on an investigation:
- Camera: Both Digital or regular film type. While most of us use digital cameras, a regular film camera can be used as well. It will cost you more with film developing, but the negatives are a good solid form of evidence from an investigation. Digital cameras have come a long way, and can be picked up fairly cheap along with inexpensive memory cards which makes them generally used most often.
- Film: If you're using a standard film type camera, make sure to have plenty of film! It's easy to take 200-300 snapshots in a short investigation, which is why digital are used most common, but make sure to keep lots of extra film on hand!
- Memory Cards: If you're using a digital, make sure to have a couple backup memory cards! They do fill up faster than you think, and sorting through pics on the camera to delete them can cause you to miss something!
- Batteries: Yep! and lots of them! Batteries for all your equipment that requires them, digital cameras eat power when using the flash and it's nothing to go through a couple sets in a night!
- Flashlight: You'll need a flashlight. A wind up LED light is good, nothing blinding. We have used many types (of flashlight) from a small pen light to even a 5 D Cell Mag Light. It's always nice to have a little light to help light up the path you're on from time to time.
- Audio Recorder: This can be the old tape style recorder, or a digital voice recorder. Both work great, and have advantages and disadvantages, at least with digital there's no tapes to worry about.
- Non-Contact Thermometer: These are used to take temperature readings. A moving cold spot could be an attempt at manifesting
- E.M.F. Detector: There are many different models and brands, but any of them are nice to have. What is E.M.F.? E.M.F. Stands for Electromagnetic Field.
- Dowsing rods: Many dowsers today use a pair of simple L-shaped metal rods. One rod is held in each hand, with the short arm of the L held upright and the long arm pointing forward. When something is found, the rods cross over one another making an "X" over the found object.
- Infrared Light: (A.K.A.) I.R. An infrared light like the ones used with video cameras. These add invisible light so the night vision on the video cameras are more effective in the dark.
- Video Camera: While cameras with IR (infrared) such as night vision are preferred most often, others are used as well. This handy piece of equipment can capture strange events as they occur. Carry it with you or strategically place it somewhere. The decision is yours. What can you expect to see? Look for anything unusual. Objects moving of their own accord, unexplained shadows or lights.
- Full Spectrum Camera: A full spectrum camera uses Infrared (IR) like many video cameras used for low light recording, however it adds the Ultraviolet (UV) spectrum as well. Both of these spectrum's are unseen with the naked eye, but recorded and made visable on this camera.
- Ultra Violet Light: A (UV) light is used along with the I.R. for illumination for the full spectrum camera.
- Night Vision Scopes: Many ghost hunters are incorporating these into there equipment boxes. They have a couple of different uses. First they are used to enable you to see in the dark for setting up other equipment, for safety while moving around in total darkness, and are also for taking pictures as well.
- Compass: A regular compass can be used to find ghosts. When a ghost is near, the compass arrow spins around and can't find north.
- Batteries: Not sure if we mentioned batteries, but you'll need them, lots of them!
- Thermal Scanner: Imagine your thermal scanner detects a temperature anomaly directly in front of your team. Thermal Imaging Scopes will allow you the luxury of actually seeing what your thermal scanner sees. Using infrared technology, you can actually see the shape and size of that cold spot. This is still an expensive item to have but well worth the money.
- Motion Detectors: Motion detectors can alert you to movement in an area where there should be none. Easily, an entire room or hallway can be monitored with just one device. Could be a great indoor tool!
- First Aid Kit: You never know if someone may get injured, and a simple First Aid kit can be a great thing to have just in case!