Our Equipment

Have you ever wondered exactly what you’ll get to use on a Moonlit Ghost Hunts investigation? Here’s a little list. (And some definitions):

4 different types of MEL meters, Various EMF meters, 2-4 channel DVR systems, Thermal cam, Geophones, Tri-field meter, Full spectrum CCTV cameras and standard night vision CCTV cameras, Night vision equipped Sony Handycams, Several different colors and types of laser grids, Spirit boxes, Motion detectors, Digital voice recorders- all equipped for “active listening” and micro SD cards, Modified professional grade photography cameras, KII meters, Military grade night vision monocular scope, Dowsing rods, Strobe lights, black lights, and full spectrum lights, Enough video cable to reach the moon, Other various pieces of experimental equipment to test in the field.

  • The MEL meter was created for AC magnetic measurements, and temperature changes.  Other models you will use have the ability to detect vibration, static electricity, and the combination KII MEL meter.
  • The Spirit box is a modified AM/FM radio which scans both frequencies constantly.  The theory is that a ghost or spirit will communicate over the AM/FM radio waves.
  • The geophone is a piece of equipment taken out of earthquake research, it’s very sensitive and used for paranormal research in regards to detecting footsteps, “bumps”, or knocks.
  • 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. The K2 EMF meter is pocket sized so that you can always be ready to take a reading.
  • This DVR has been modified with a screen built in to the physical unit.  This saves time during equipment setup, and keeps a simple and easy “command base”.
  • Many various infrared night vision CCTV cameras.  Some modified for full-spectrum sensitivity.
  • Digital voice recorders which support “active” listening.  With active listening, you are able to plug a headset into the port and listen “live” to what’s being recorded.  This way, you may possibly hear an EVP right as it’s being spoken.
  • Various lasers.  Different colored beams, with full spread coverage.  Other is “grid” coverage, allowing you to get measurements of the shadow or entity in question.
  • Modified Nikon professional grade camera.  This has been modified to take full-spectrum photos. This is the spectrum of light that our eyes do not recognize.
  • Night vision monocular scope and Sony Handycams allow long range viewing in the dark.
  • Various motion sensors/detectors.  These turn on lights, sound alerts, etc. if anything were to walk in their range

We’re still here!

Since July we’ve been fortunate enough to investigate at 5 different locations so far. At these locations we’ve seen shadows, heard disembodied voices, caught EVP’s and Spirit box responses, as well as all the various personal experiences those with us have been fortunate enough to have.We’ve been working on some great locations, and do wish we were getting faster commitments from the owners. However, we’re close to getting things up and running at a few more and promise to always offer a night you won’t forget.

Tips from the field

A couple basics can take you a long way on an investigation. When on an investigation it’s important to stamp your digital recording with your name, time, and location in the facility you’re investigating. This will help you later to identify evidence more effectively. Also, don’t whisper. These can sometimes sound like an EVP.

When doing an EVP session, give your spirit time to answer.  Keep in mind, the theory is that it takes energy for a spirit to communicate, and sometimes it may take just a bit of time for the spirit to build the energy it takes to formulate an answer.

Always have a partner.  What good is evidence when nobody else witnessed it?  Also, sometimes we’ve got the best EVP’s when dialogue between 2 people is going on.  Almost like, the spirit wants to be involved in the conversation.

Paranormal Imagery – ORBS

If you are reading this, more than likely you have seen an alleged paranormal photograph. One has to be very careful when calling an image paranormal. Most of the phenomena in these photos can easily be explained. To debunk a photo you have to have a basic understanding of how an average camera works.

One of the most common culprits of a false positive is known as an “Orb”. Orbs are usually just dust, however it’s not limited to dust, it could also be mist, bugs, pollen and other small items that are floating around us all the time. Picture this… You are sitting in a dimly lit room with a curtain covered window. The curtains on the window are letting just a small beam of sunlight into the room. Upon further inspection you will see all of these little particles floating around in that beam of light.  Why can you see all of those floating around in that circumstance when other times you can’t? Simple… Light reflection.

One common factor with Orb photos is a camera flash. When you snap that exciting orb photo, here is what’s happening…  Your camera is focused on something that is in the distance, you hit the button the flash goes off and the picture is taken. What you don’t physically see is that little speck of dust that is floating around right between the cameras flash and its lens. The light from the flash hits the dust particle and the lens takes it in and captures it in the form of an orb.  That’s why Orb photos are discredited by a lot of scientific research teams, if there is another logical, probable and more reasonable explanation then it can’t automatically be called paranormal.

Self-Experiment: Find a dirt road or a known dusty area at night. Stir up some of that dust. Start napping some photos utilizing the camera’s flash. Odds are the majority of the photos will contain orbs. The loser the flash is to the camera’s lens the more frequent orbs will appear in that camera’s photos.

Orb Explinations:

Rain Orbs

Orbs cause by rain

Dust Orbs

Orbs caused by dust

Bug Orbs

How different bugs can appear.

-Derek

Post mortem photography

A Victorian-era photograph of parents posing with their dead daughter. It was a custom in that era, before people could quickly travel great distances to attend funerals, to photograph the dead so their loved ones could see them as they were before burial.

If pictures are worth 1000 words, are post mortem photography pictures worth more?

While this isn’t a story about ghosts or ghost hunting, it’s certainly got me wondering. Would I do something like this? Why do these photos creep me out?

Imagine a family picture of mom, dad, brother, sister, and there’s grandma.  Well, she’s dead but we wanted just one last family photo together.

These aren’t photos of death; they’re apparently to preserve the memory of the loved one until the moment they passed.

As the common practice of post-mortem photography in North America and Western Europe has largely ceased, the portrayal of such images has become increasingly seen as vulgar, sensationalistic and taboo. This is in marked contrast to the beauty and sensitivity perceived in the older tradition, indicating a cultural shift that may reflect wider social discomfort with death.

Search post mortem photography online for pictures and more history.

-Darin

A few words from Lori

One of the best parts of paranormal investigating, for me, is doing the research.  I love doing research to find past residences and/or past occurrences at the locations.

One example is when I was looking up the history of the Broadview Hotel in Wichita.  The legend is about a ghost named Clarence, who worked at the hotel, and finding his wife with her lover at the hotel.  He shot and killed both of them then killed himself by jumping off the balcony.

While looking up to see if I could find anything of this story in the newspapers, I did find an accident at the Broadview that killed an employee.  His name was Clyde Usrey.  He was 18 years old and it was his first day at his new job there.  The newspaper articles and pictures can be seen here:

http://genealogytrails.com/kan/sedgwick/usrey-clyde.html.

Another surprise to me was that no one I spoke to at the hotel had ever heard this story.  So, as you can see, a lot of times, there is more history at locations than what is remembered.