This use to be a page on our site and I removed it. But I thought it would be a good idea to preserve the actual content, and add some, from the page. I know some of this information, especially the tools, is probably out dated but there is still some good information. It is important for ghost hunters to be prepare when going out to investigate and this post will provide some useful information. There may even be some seasoned investigators who will find some of these tips useful. There are two lists, one for ghost hunting tools and one is ghost hunting tips.
Lets get to the list.
Ten must have ghost hunting tools
* EMF Meter - Used to detect fluctuations in the electro magnetic field. Many believe that these fluctuations could be the results of paranormal activity.There is two popular kinds of EMF meters,
The Tri-Field meter and the K2 meter. The K2 uses LED lights and is very sensitive.
* Thermal Scanner - Uses an IR laser to detect the air temperature. Used to detect "cold spots" which are believed to be spirits drawing the energy of their surroundings in order to manifest.
* Digital Recorder with Microphone - Used to pick up EVP's, disembodied voices heard on the recording that were not heard during an investigation.
* Camera - Both 35mm, digital and camcorders are used. Helps document the area of an investigation and to try and provide proof of the paranormal. Most cell phones now include a quality camera.
* Motion Detector - Used to detect motion that we wouldn't be able to see otherwise.
* Dowsing Rods - Used like the EMF meter. (not used by most ghost hunters but still a useful tool)
* Pen and paper - Used to document everything that happens in the investigation, from the research to the actual on site hunting,this might seem useless to some but at the end of the hunt if everything is wrote down you may see patterns or be able to tie things together.
* Flashlights - Needed for safety and can be used as device for ghost to move or click on.
* Two Way Radios - Two Way Radios are recommended if the investigation involves splitting in to teams. This way you can easily communicate with the other team members. Check that all radios are communicating on the same channel.
* Batteries - Often batteries mysteriously lose their charge at an investigation. We recommend you bring at least one extra set of batteries for each piece of equipment that requires them.
The equipment used may vary with each person or group style. There is several other types of equipment to consider such as: night vision, Laser grids, E-pod, Spirit Box and more. Of course, our list is a basic list of general equipment to use. Some devices are kind of costly but most on our list are affordable. Many of these items can be found on ebay and Amazon at affordable prices.
Ghost Hunting Tips
* It is best to investigate a Haunted location more then once. 3- 5 times is best, if possible.
* Never go out ghost hunting by yourself.
* Always get permission before going onto private property.
* Familiarize yourself with the environment and possible hazards during daylight hours.
* Don't smoke near where you will be investigating. This could give false ghost in your photos and mask scent anomalies.
* When trying to record EVPs never whisper. Talk in a normal voice.
* Wear a watch so you can note times of events.This could be important in establishing reoccurring activity.
* Don't wear perfume or cologne while ghost hunting. If using an insect repellent make sure it is unscented. Some have noticed scents or smells when there is reported ghost activity. Perfumes or Colognes may mask these scents or often confuse others into believe they have smelled a real ghosts presence.
* Always clean your camera lenses. Lint, dust specks, smudges and fingerprints can look like ecto mist, orbs, and other ghostly anomalies.
* Be aware of the temperature when photographing outdoors or in an unheated building. Hold your breath while taking a photo and for several seconds afterward. Remember, if you can see it so can the camera.
* Be objective of your findings. Rule out any natural causes that may have caused anomalies such as insects, lights in the distance, spider webs, reflections.
* Some believe in saying a closing prayer of protection according to your own personal religious. This might keep a ghost from following you home.
This again is just a general overview for ghost hunters. I'm sure there is much more that could be added to the lists. The main thing is being prepared, as best you can, and to be safe. I would also add never take the paranormal, spirit world or entities lightly, it can be dangerous. Makes sure you read up on the topic.
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
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