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OLD TOWN PARANORMAL
INVESTIGATION EQUIPMENT
Current theory maintains that paranormal entities will use energy from their surrounding
environment to manifest themselves or make their presence known. As a result paranormal
investigators employ a wide variety of equipment, equipment designed to measure
fluctuations or changes in the environment being investigated. This includes equipment that
can measure electromagnetic fields (EMF), extremely low frequencies (ELF) and equipment
that can measure environmental conditions such as ambient/spot temperatures and humidity.
Additionally equipment that can monitor and record at levels beyond what human senses can
perceive is employed. This type of equipment includes infrared (IR) lights that can be used to
record video in total darkness and digital voice recorders used to pick up EVPs (electronic voice
phenomena). Below is a listing of equipment currently employed in our investigations.
IR BULLET VIDEO CAMERA
OTPI uses infrared bullet video cameras which record
in color and black and white. The infrared night vision
range is 30' - 90' feet in complete darkness. We use
100' BNC cable to connect these cameras to our
digital video recorder.
4 CHANNEL DIGITAL
VIDEO RECORDER (DVR)
The DVR is used to record an entire investigation with
stationary cameras set up strategically throughout a
home or place of business. The 4 channels allow for
multiple views simultaneously during an investigation.
Videos can be transferred from the DVR to a computer for
detailed analysis. If something "moves on its own" the
DVR will record it.
SONY HANDYCAM DIGITAL
VIDEO RECORDER
OTPI uses Sony Digital Camcorders equipped with Sony's
Super Night Shot Plus system for our handheld video
documentation and as stationary cameras. The cameras
allow for close-in video recording of equipment readings
and video recording in total darkness.
INFRARED VIDEO LIGHTS
The Sony HVL-IRM video light is used to enhance the Night
Shot Plus capability of our Sony Camcorders. In addition we
use the SIMA SL-10IR & SIMA SL-20IR video lights during
our investigations. All of these lights use high intensity
infrared LEDs to enhance greatly the night vision of the
digital video recorders. These lights give us the capability to
record in complete darkness up to 25'.
The digital camera is used to document the entire investigation
from start to finish. The main function of the camera is to
document 'before' and 'after' subject areas to determine if any
physical changes occur in the environment such as movement
of an object. We also use the camera to document the readings
of our meters. The camera works well in low light conditions
easily capturing light & energy phenomena. In addition a Canon
35 mm SLR film camera is used along with the digital camera.
KODAK Z712 IS
DIGITAL CAMERA
EMF-822A ELECTROMAGNETIC
FIELD DETECTOR
The EMF 822A meter is used to track electromagnetic field
variances during an investigation. A common held belief is that
readings with a fluctuation between 2.0 to 7.0 mGauss may
indicate potential activity. Readings outside this range may have
a natural source such as electrical wiring or a household
appliance.
KII - EMF Meter
The KII EMF meter is designed to detect extremely low frequency
(ELF) shifts in the electromagnetic field. It displays those
fluctuations within five defined levels through a series of LED lights.
High EMF fields can have adverse affects on some people who are
sensitive to electromagnetic fields. Spikes in an EMF field can be
an indicator of exposure from electrical sources such as home
wiring. Prolonged exposure to high EMF levels can adversely affect
a person's perception of their surroundings.
INFRARED SPOT THERMOMETER
This thermometer is used to measure the surface
temperature of objects. A comparison can then be made
with the ambient room temperature measured by a
stationary thermometer. It helps determine if 'cold spots'
are the result of environmental conditions such as doors
and windows that are in the vicinity of the investigation
area.
LAPTOP AND DESKTOP
COMPUTERS
OTPI uses a variety of computers, both laptops and desktops,
in the analysis of collected data. The computers allow audio,
video, and photographic data to be reviewed in detail for
evidence of possible paranormal activity. In addition they are
used to prepare the data/evidence for our client's review and
presentation. We use specialized software to review and
analyze all data collected to insure accurate results.
PASSIVE INFRARED ALARM
The passive infrared alarm is used as a motion detector that is
placed in areas where the current investigative sweep is not
taking place. If something breaks the infrared beam then a chime
will sound that will alert the investigation team to shift their
focus. It also assists in securing an area by placing it in an
undisclosed location when that area is not closed off for the
investigation.
NIGHT VISION MONOCULAR
The night vision monocular provides another perspective
during our investigative sweep. The infrared lens provides
excellent clarity with no ambient light that would be
generated from the screen of a video camcorder. The
night vision capability allows for an infrared view of the
investigation area at the same time it is being
documented with the video camcorder.
MEL 8704R Meter
The MEL-8704R is a combination EMF meter and ambient
temperature meter. This tool was designed specifically for
paranormal investigations. It allows the investigator to track
dynamic EMF movement and measure ambient temperature
'cold spots' at the same time. This model has an infrared safe
flashlight and backlight display.
GREEN 30wM LASER GRID
GEOPHONE SENSOR
The Geophone is used as a visual tool to recognize
vibrations so faint that they would go undetected
otherwise. If there are claims of footsteps or movement
of furntiture, we will be able to visually see and record
these 'vibrations' with this sensor. This sensor is also
used to detect vibrations that occur normally such as
from road traffic, window rattling, and HVAC systems.
This high powered laser emits a grid containing
thousands of green lights which are useful for
detecting shadows or general visual disturbances.
Anything that passes through the lights of the
grid will distort their pattern allowing for easier
observation and recording.