We use a variety of equipment in our investigations. This is an important function as we attempt to look for alternative explanations for paranormal claims and attempt to find evidence of the paranormal. We are working on ways to log environmental data to try to correlate information with paranormal events. Equipment is necessary in order to help validate personal experiences. I want to add, though, knowing how to use equipment and what the limits of any device are, these are just as important to understand.
This is just some of the equipment that we use.
EMF detectors - We use a variety of EMF detectors, including digital readout detectors and K2 meters. These meters may help us find alternative explanations of hauntings, but it is also popular belief that "ghosts" can influence electro-magnetic fields and respond to questions by using these detectors. EMF and the detectors are perhaps the most misused tool in the paranormal. The K2 has a strong range of EMF bands, for example, so it can pick on a variety of EMF. This is actually its weakness, as it makes it more difficult to say what the cause of the EMF may be.
There does appear to be a link between EMF and EVP. Texpart has two systems that allow us to study the correlation. This system works by using two microphones, one that is senstive to EMF and one that is not. Running these through a mixer and then into a sound program, we are able to demonstrate that Electronic Voice Phenonmenon is being carried by EMF that is not in the audible frequency. Texpart is using the correlating setups to test EMF senstive microphones that are altered to no longer allow for sound.
Digital Cameras - Of course cameras are important, as well as how to use them properly for paranormal investigations. We so have some special adapted cameras that can only take in light from the infrared spectrum, and a video recorder that shoots in only UV and IR. The following are an examples of an IR only picture in the dark using a flash:
Recorders - Voice recorders are important for EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) work, but TexPart seeks quality recordings. Many recorders of the cheaper variety do not pick up as well, and can contain a lot of background noise. TexPart uses a variety of high quality recorders that have noise filters and also some that allow for listening live during the recordings, allowing for better investigation techniques. Below is a picture of how we use recorders, microphones and headphones for individual investigators to capture EVPs.
Here is an example of listening live for EVPs with some of our recorders.
IR cameras - TexPart has three DVR camera systems and portable camera systems to record investigations that also allow for night shooting.
Temperature - Many people have mistakenly used a laser thermometer to measure ambient (or surrounding) temperatures. These devices only measure surface temperature. We have devices for both ambient temperatures and surface temperatures. This is important for measuring cold spots often reported with the paranormal.
TexPart also a variety of other items as well, from household items to specialized equipment.