Paranormal Equipment

Below is a list of the equipment we have, as well as other common equipment used in our field of studies, and brief explanations of what the equipment does.

LCP's Equipment


*New!

Now that we finally have the use of a smart phone, we are excited to try some new technology! Recently, there have been several phone apps come out for us ghost hunters. I wanted to post a little something about how they work: the app will purportedly scan your surroundings and establish a baseline of ambient noise, vibration and other factors. Then it waits for something to happen. "The Ghost Radar looks at readings that the phone can detect, based on the GPS or the FM receiver that's built into all these phones -- if there's any fluctuation of the baseline, it's hoped that there's a paranormal entity out there that can manipulate the sensors on the phone so that it could somehow communicate.

The app includes a database of about 2,100 random words, which pop up on the screen from time to time.

More on how it works:

Modern mobile devices are amazing devices filled with sensors and transceivers. To name a few, there is a WiFi transceiver, a touch sensor, an acceleromete, a phone transceiver, a microphone, and a magnetometer. As you can see there are plenty of ways for paranormal activity to interact with the device, the trick is to interpret the readings from these sensors and receivers and present them in a way to help track the paranormal activity.

The majority of equipment used to hunt for paranormal activity was not originally designed to hunt ghosts and do not find the majority of their use in the paranormal. For example EMF detectors and K2 meters were designed for electrical work and are used predominantly in that field, not the paranormal. Also, IR cameras were originally developed during the Korean War for the military to find enemies in the dark. These days IR cameras are mostly used by firefighters, astronomy, police, etc. Even though these devices were not originally designed for the field of paranormal they do seem to be the most effective tools in the hunt for the unknown.

Ghost Radar enables your mobile device to be used for the paranormal even though the device was not originally designed for the paranormal, just like the EMF detector, K2 meter, and IR camera. The readings that Ghost Radar presents are open to your interpretation and up for debate.

Ghost Radar uses a variety of readings from the sensors on the iPhone and iPod touch to measure anomalous changes in the Quantum Flux. A large portion of the flux readings come from the background anomalies of the accelerometer. These sensor readings come in constantly and have only very minor changes. Ghost Radar tracks these readings and analyzes them; watching for strange behavior. Based on a multitude of different readings and historical trends Ghost Radar uses its proprietary algorithm to present various visual and audible representations of the readings.

 There is still skepticism and debates on the accuracy of these apps. LCP is still new to these, but personally  we have had very good results using Ghost Radar so far and believe that the possibility that it is actually being used as a communication device between the dead and the living is at least 50% probable overall. We do get relevant answers and words to the questions we ask and the activity and history going on, and we take those app hits as being credible; when we get results we cannot correlate or confirm, or that perhaps seem random, we dismiss those in our evidence but still note them down, in case we miss some relevance. these applications are quite fascinating and fun to experiment with, and we will continue to experiment with them in the future!

EMF Detectors

Also called an EMF meter, this is a scientific instrument for measuring electromagnetic fields (abbreviated as EMF). Most EMF detectors measure the electromagnetic radiation flux density (DC fields) or the change in an electromagnetic field over time (AC fields), essentially the same as a radio antenna, but with quite different detection characteristics. There are many different types of EMF meters, but the two largest categories are single axis and tri-axis. Single axis meters are cheaper  but take longer to complete a survey because the meter only measures one dimension of the field. Single axis instruments have to be tilted and turned on all three axes to obtain a full measurement. A tri-axis meter measures all three axes simultaneously, but these models tend to be more expensive. An EMF meter can measure AC electromagnetic fields, which are usually emitted from man-made sources such as electrical wiring, while Gauss meters or magnetometers measure DC fields, which occur naturally in Earth's geometric field and are emitted from other sources where direct current is present.  Most electromagnetic fields encountered daily are those generated by household/industrial appliances; as such, the majority of EMF detectors available are only calibrated to measure 50 to 60 Hz alternating fields (the frequency of US and European electricity). There are other meters which can measure fields alternating at as low as 20 Hz, however these tend to be much more expensive and are only used for specific research purposes. Ghosts are said to be made of electromagnetic energy.

EMF Detector

K2 Meters

The K2 EMF meter is a powerful fast

sampling Electromagnetic field (EMF)

meter that covers frequencies from

30-20,000 Hz. This makes the K2

EMF meter a great instrument for both

Paranormal Research and for finding

potentially harmful high EMF levels in

your home or work environment.

Some believe it can be used to train a

spirit to intensify its magnetic field as

a form of communication.

 

K2 Meter

Voice Recorders

We use voice recorders to catch EVPs,

or electric voice phenomenon,

thought to be the voices of ghosts

and spirits, etc. Pretty simple, not

much to explain here.

Digital and Non-Digital Cameras

We like to experiment using different

cameras. One kind of camera we do not

yet have is a Polaroid, which we would

like to experiment with, as other people

in the paranormal field have reportedly

caught messages only in their Polaroids

that have yet to be debunked or

explained.

Assorted Digital and Film Cameras

Camcorders and Night-vision

Again not much to explain here. We use

these things to capture video evidence.

Camcorders and Nightvision

Infrared or IR Lights 

Infrared (IR) light lets us see in a different

spectrum of light, which is essentially

night vision. IR light is electromagnetic

radiation  with a wavelength between 0.7

and 300 micrometers, which equates to a

frequency range between approximately 1

and 430 THz. IR wavelengths are longer

than that of visible light, but shorter than

that of terahertz radiation

microwaves.Humans at normal body

temperature radiate chiefly at wavelengths

around 12 micrometers, as shown by Wien's

displacement law. At the atomic level,

infrared energy elicits vibrational modes in

a molecule through a change in the dipole

moment, making it a useful frequency range

for study of these energy states for

molecules of the proper symmetry.

Infrared Light

Trail Camera

Trail cameras are used by hunters to

track their prey, it is a camera trap.

Equipped with IR lights, it can also see

in the dark. It has a 30 foot flash, and

is motion activated; it takes both

pictures and video, and is battery

powered. Response time varies from

one to another, and can be

programmed. There are many types of

trail trap cameras the more 

expensive, the more features it has;

some are even solar powered and

relay information via satellites back to

the owners computer.

Trail Camera

Spy Tracker

A remote controlled vehicle which can

record video in night vision and can

also record audio. It is also equipped

with an extra IR light for maximum

night vision capabilities. the camera

lens can move up and down, and the

whole unite can be programmed to do

basically anything one might desire;

an example, to patrol a hallway. This

device enables us to cover more

ground and go into places we

otherwise might not be able to go.

 

Digital and IR Thermometers

Digital thermometers read the

temperature of anything you point it

at, quite accurately. Infrared

thermometers infer temperature using

a portion of thermal radiation 

emitted by the object being

measured. They are sometimes called

laser thermometers or non-contact

thermometers to describe the device’s

ability to measure temperature from a

distance. By knowing the amount of

infrared energy emitted by the object,

it's temperature can be determined. In

our paranormal investigations we use

these to capture, prove and disprove

cold spots and hot spots associated

with the paranormal.

Digital Thermometers

Multimeter, Voltmeter, and

Plug tester

These are electronic measuring

instruments used to troubleshoot

electrical problems in a wide array of

devices such as electronic equipment,

motor controls, appliances, power

supplies, and wiring systems. These

instruments combine several

measurement functions in one unit. A

typical multimeter may include

features such as the ability to

measure voltage current and

resistance. They may use analog or

digital circuits. Analog instruments

are usually based on a micro-

ammeter whose pointer moves over a

scale calibration  for all the different

measurements that can be made;

digital instruments usually display

digits, but may display a bar of a

length proportional to the quantity

measured. In our paranormal

investigations we use this equipment

to debunk or explain EM fields which

can be misidentified as paranormal.

Electricity Test Set

 Motion Detectors

Activated by sounds or movement,

these are typically used as burglar

alarms but work great for catching

paranormal evidence. When looking

for ghosts these will go off without

apparent reason, when used with

video to confirm nothing physical

went by.

Motion Sensors

Ghost Box

Originally known as the"Franks Box," these are also called a spirit box, or "hack shacks" as they are often radio shack radios that have been hacked or modified. The original device was created by Frank Sumption several years ago as a means to further his interest in EVP research. The theory is that spirits can communicate with the living through the white noise static. There are several ways to make a ghost box, using a white noise generator. The easiest way to do this is to manually scan the frequencies using any radio, or to cut the right wire of a radio that has an auto-scan feature. Frank has created at least 25 versions of the box; the initial results have been very positive and many people have experienced some kind of communication which they would regard as evidence that the box really works. Unfortunately, the difficult part about ghost box designs is using the AM radio band as the medium for receiving the voices. This one fact makes it easy for skeptic to debunk the operation of the device....

Ghost Box

...For starters, the device may receive little snippets from various radio stations as it scans through the AM band, and any communications that come through could be debunked as audio matrixing. Definite care should be taken when operating the device to ensure the above scenarios are not part of the equation. Using recorders and other tools, such as an EMF detector, can help legitimize the results. EMF detectors should be placed far enough away as not to cause interference with the box or produce false readings on the detector itself.

 Microphones and Speakers

Weather we use these in conjunction

with other equipment, or during

evidence review, good speakers and

microphones are very important and

indispensable for catching paranormal

evidence!

Speakers

Walkie-Talkies

For communication between team

members. Also on occasion they can

become part of the evidence

themselves, going on or off when not

being held nor touched, sometimes

being trigger objects.

Walkie Talkies
Headphones, Microphones, Sound

Enhancers, Connectors, Cables, and
 
other Accessories


Used for investigations and evidence

review, all these things are important

and indispensable.
Headphones, Connectors, Cables, and other Accessories

Batteries and Battery Chargers

And lots of them! Gotta have a way to

power your equipment, and when you

have a lot of equipment you need a lot of

power! Most of our batteries are

rechargeable, though we do not always

have enough rechargeable, and use

disposable when we must.

Batteries

GPS: Global Positioning System

A GPS or Global Positioning System is any

device that receives GPS signals for the

purpose of determining the device's

current location on Earth. GPS devices

provide latitude and longitude

information, and some may also calculate

altitude.


GPS


Other Common Equipment Used in Paranormal Investigations


The equipment listed below is commonly used in the field of paranormal

investigating but which LCP has yet to acquire. Coming soon!


FLIR Thermal Camera

Forward looking infrared (FLIR) is an

imaging technology that senses

infrared radiation. Since FLIRs use

detection of thermal energy to create

the "picture" assembled for the video

output, they can be used to help see

at night, in fog, or detect warm

objects against a cold background

when it is completely dark (such as a

cloudy, moonless night). The

wavelength of infrared that FLIRs

detects differs significantly from that

of night vision, which operates in the

visible light and near infrared ranges

(0.4 to 1.0 micrometres).

FLIR Thermal Camera

Full Spectrum Camera and Flood

Lights 

Full-spectrum photography is a

subset of full-spectrum imaging,

defined as imaging with consumer

cameras the full, broad spectrum of a

film or  bandwidth. In practice,

specialized broadband/full-spectrum

film captures visible and near infrared

light. . A converted full-spectrum

camera can be used for ultraviolet or

infrared photography with the

appropriate filters. Or, instead of

filters, one can use full spectrum

lights in combination with normal

cameras to capture images in the full

spectrum of light otherwise not visible

to the human eye. This is basically the

same concept and practice as is seen

with IR lights, simply in a different

light spectrum.

Full Spectrum Lights

Black Light and Dark Light

Black light, or UV light, is a lamp that

emits electromagnetic radiation

almost exclusively in the soft near

ultraviolet range with very little visible

light. Used for the observation or

detection of substances tagged with

other substances that exhibit a

florescent effect. Dark lights are used

in much the same manner.

 



The PX/Puck/Video Ovilus and

Induction Probe


All these instruments do the same

thing; they capture energy or

electromagnetic waves and converts

them to phonemes or words. Each

varies slightly from the others in

design and capabilities; the PX3 is the

most recent top-of-the line model,

with the most features/capabilities.


They hold an average of 2000 word

programmable vocabulary Speech,

with the ability to alter the Pitch

Timber and tempo via computer

software, and a built in EEprom that

stores up to 400 words,  spoken in

the dictionary mode.
Black Light
The PX

Digital Video Recording /

DVR System

A DVR is a digital video recording

device or application software that

records video in a digital format to a

disk drive, USB flash drive, SD

memory card or other mass storage

device. Seen here with IR lights. 

We'd love to get our hands on a Full

-Spectrum DVR, which allows you to

record in a natural setting without IR

light contamination.

DVR System

Electromagnetic Pump/ EM Pump

An electromagnetic or EM pump is a

device that pumps out an

electromagnetic field into the air.

Since ghosts are thought to be made

of electromagnetic energy the theory

is that they are able to use the energy

put out by the pump to manifest.

EM Pump

Data Loggers

A data logger is an electronic device

that records data over time or in

relation to location with a built in or

external instrument or sensor. They

generally are small, battery powered,

portable, and equipped with a

microprocessor, internal memory for

data storage, and sensors. Some data

loggers interface with a personal

computer and utilize software to

activate the data logger and view and

analyze the collected data, while

others have a local interface device

(keypad, LCD) and can be used as a

stand-alone device. Some data

loggers are programmable;however,

many remain as static machines with

only a limited number or no

changeable parameters. They

automatically collect data on a

24-hour basis, and are typically

deployed and left unattended to

measure and record information for

the duration of the monitoring period.


This allows for a comprehensive,

accurate picture of the environmental

conditions being monitored, such as

air temperature and relative humidity,

etc.

Vibration Sensors 

These instruments that  are sensitive
 
to vibrations and measure vibrations

made by motions on the ground, from
 
footsteps to seismic waves. When

triggered, the device will sound an

alarm.
Data Logger
Vibration Sensors

Hyperbolic Dish 

A hyperbolic dish is a long distance

sound enhancer. The hyperbolic in

hyperbolic dish relates back to

mathematics; a hyperbola is a curve,

specifically a smooth curve that lies in

a plane; this curved dish helps

capture and amplify sounds from far

distances.

Omni Microphone and Shotgun

Microphone 

An Omni Mic. or omnidirectional (or

non-directional) microphone's

response is generally considered to

be a perfect sphere in three

dimensions. In the real world, this is

not the case. As with directional

microphones, the polar pattern for an

"omnidirectional" microphone is a

function of frequency. The body of

the microphone is not infinitely small

and, as a consequence, it tends to get

in its own way with respect to sounds

arriving from the rear, causing a

slight flattening of the polar

response. This flattening increases as

the diameter of the microphone

(assuming it's cylindrical) reaches the

wavelength of the frequency in

question. Therefore, the smallest

diameter microphone gives the best

omnidirectional characteristics at high

frequencies. Shotgun microphones

are the most highly directional. They

have small lobes of sensitivity to the

left, right, and rear but are

significantly less sensitive to the side

and rear than other directional

microphones. This results from

placing the element at the end of a

tube with slots cut along the side;

wave cancellation eliminates much of

the off-axis sound.

Hyperbolic Dish
Shotgun Microphone

Fish Finder Sonar 

A fish finder is a type of fathometer,

both being specialized types of echo

sounding systems, a type of Active

sonar. ('Sounding' is the measurement

of water depth, a historical nautical

term of very long usage.) The fish

finder uses active sonar to detect fish

and 'the bottom' and displays them on

a graphical display device, generally a

LCD or CRT screen.

Fish Finder

 R.O.V.  Remotely Operated

(underwater) Vehicle

A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is a

tethered underwater robot. They are

common in deep water industries.

ROVs are unoccupied, highly

maneuverable and operated by a

person aboard a vessel. They are

linked to the ship by a group of

cables that carry electrical power,

video and data signals back and forth

between the operator and the vehicle.

High power applications will often use

hydraulics in addition to electrical

cabling. Most ROVs are equipped with

at least a video camera and lights.

Additional equipment is commonly

added to expand the vehicle’s

capabilities. These may include sonar,

magnetometers, a still camera, a

manipulator or cutting arm, water

samplers, and instruments that

measure water clarity, light

penetration and temperature.

R.O.V.

GPR: Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is a

geophysical method that uses radar

pulses to image the subsurface. This

non-destructive method uses

electromagnetic radiation in the

microwave band (UHF/VHF

frequencies) of the radio spectrum,

and detects the reflected signals from

subsurface structures. GPR can be

used in a variety of media, including

rock, soil, ice, fresh water, pavements

and structures. It can detect objects,

changes in material, and voids and

cracks

GPR