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Equipment Used

There is a variety of equipment used to investigate the paranormal, and even for your normal ghost hunt. 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 items as such as a camera, both digital and regular, an audio recorder, non touch thermometer, flashlight, EMF detector and notepad and pen or pencil. Of course not all of this is needed to enjoy it, but those are some common items used. Don't think you can afford to get started? Read our Starting on the Cheap article, you could be wrong!



So, what is used to investigate the paranormal?

Keep in mind each person and group has their own opinions on what to use, what models and brand names work best etc. This is just a general idea of items you could use, and may see used on an investigation. Each investigation is different too, but general items are:

Camera: Both Digital and regular. While most use digital cameras, a regular camera can be used as well. It will cost you more with developing film, but they're useful in investigating. Digital cameras have come a long way, and can be picked up fairly cheap and memory cards have come down quite a bit too, which makes them a generally used most often.

Film: If you're using a standard camera, make sure to have plenty of film! It's easy to take 200-300 snapshots in a short investigation, which is why digitals are used most common, but make sure to keep 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 you could miss a good shot trying to find one to delete or delete on you shouldn't have.

Batteries: Yep! You guessed it, batteries! Batteries for all your equipment that requires it, digital cameras eat power when using the flash and it's nothing to go through a couple sets in a night!

Flashlight: Yep! You'll need a flashlight. I carry a wind up LED light with me, nothing blinding. I have used a small pen light, and even a 5 D Cell Mag Light. It's always nice to have a little light to help light up the path you're taking 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. Moving cold spots could be an attempt at manifesting.

EMF Detector: There are many different models and brands, but they're nice to have. You can pick them up fairly cheap on Ebay. What is EMF? EMF Stands for Electromagnetic Field.

Batteries: You'll need batteries for all your equipment, always keep backups on hand.

Dowsing Rods: Little metal rods, I'm sure as a child you seen them used to find water? These are used to find ghosts. When you hold them in your hand, they move around and cross when a ghost is near.

Infrared Light: An infrared light like this one is used with the video camera. It adds the night vision light so the video camera can see further in the dark.

Video Camera: While cameras with IR (infrared) are used most often, such as night vision, others are used too. This handy piece of equipment can capture strange events as they occur. Most households have one (or at least access to one). 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, unexplained camera malfunctions and drained batteries are just some things that have presented themselves.

Night Vision Scopes: Many ghost hunters are incorporating these "toys" into their work. They come in handy in a dark cemetery. Many have seen things through these scopes that otherwise would have been missed. Overall, an expensive item.

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.

Ultra Violet Light: A UV light can be used to see ghosts.

Batteries: Not sure if I mentioned batteries, but you'll need 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!

Jacket: You never know how cool it might get, be sure to have a jacket handy to throw on if needed! 

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!

While not all this equipment is used on all investigations, this list gives you a general idea of what is used. If you have any questions, visit the forum or contact us to let us know. If you know of an item I forgot, please inform me as well!


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