Ghost Hunting Equipment for Beginners
Guide to Basic Ghost Hunting Equipment
What Equipment Do I Need for Ghost Hunting?
By James DeSalvo
The term ghost hunting equipment may remind people of the
1980s film Ghost Busters and the hi-tech gadgets they use to hunt and catch
ghosts. In reality, the tools used in ghost hunting are far less fancy but they
are essential for people who want to investigate the paranormal. You don’t need
an expensive thingamajig to hunt for spirits but you would need these basic
Camera. You don’t need an expensive camera for ghost
hunting. In fact, you can use a simple point and shoot digital camera. Don’t expect
to capture clear images of ghosts and spirits. That is not really what the
camera is for. It is actually to capture subtle signs of paranormal activity in
a certain location such as the appearance of orbs and other unusual lighting
occurrences. Ghost hunters usually just take random photos and just examine
Video Camera. A video camera is a much more vital piece of
ghost hunting equipment than a camera because of the fact that it can record
unusual movements. You may not be able to capture an actual video of a ghost
but you can definitely catch objects moving on their own. A word of advice
though. Some ghost hunters have reported that the batteries of their video
cameras get drained quickly during investigations so be sure to bring extra juice.
Audio Recorder. Professional and avid ghost hunters use
audio recorders to capture what they call EVP or electronic voice phenomena.
Like unusual images, EVP are usually not detected during the time of the taping
and it is actually easy for investigators to miss it because of the presence of
other stimuli. This is the reason why audio tapes and digital files are
reviewed carefully after each ghost hunting session. Some examples of EVPs
capture by ghost hunters in the past include children’s laughter, cry of babies
and shrieks. You can actually listen to some eerie EVPs that have been posted
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Infrared Thermometer. Like living beings, ghost and spirits
emit heat which can be easily detected by an infrared or IR thermometer. Ghost
hunters have reported picking up heat signatures in places even when there are
no visible beings around.
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Electromagnetic Field Detector. This is the fanciest ghost
hunting equipment on the list and it may also be the most important. An
electromagnetic (EMF) detector is used to monitor electromagnetic emissions in
the air. EMF detectors can also pick up emissions from electrical devices but
ghosts and spirits are said to give off a higher reading than usual household
devices. This is the reason why when investigating a certain place using an EMF
detector, ghost hunters usually scan the place first for electrical outlets and
devices that may be running.
Pen and Paper. The most basic paranormal activity detector
is in you, your five (or six) senses. And sometimes, all the ghost hunting
equipment you need is a pen and a piece of paper with which you can record your
observations. So the next time you go ghost hunting, make sure you have a pen
and a piece of paper in your pocket.