Professional ghost hunting has come of age with the use of sophisticated equipment. Nowadays, equipment readings give more “provable” evidence of ghostly phenomena, instead of just relying on the intuitive feelings of a psychic. Historically, the only way to look for ghosts was to have a psychic wander around a place giving verbal descriptions of what paranormal energy was felt. Celebrity ghosts were frequently claimed by psychics to be present.
In more modern times, a psychic’s impressions can be supported by hard evidence. Sensitive equipment, placed in a room, can give a significant indication of dramatic changes in the ambient environment. This means that paranormal activity may be occurring. When the elevated equipment readings happen along with the moment that a psychic claims to feel a “presence;” this helps validate the experience as legitimate.
5. Choose A Sight With High Levels Of Paranormal Activity
Picking a site with a history of paranormal claims helps improve the odds of actually catching evidence of something. When professional ghost hunters are being paid they have to go wherever the paying client wants. However, when seeking out evidence on their own for general research purposes, ghost hunters can do better by visiting a place likely to have more ghostly activity.
This is why graveyards, catacombs, haunted mansions (preferably where someone was brutally killed), abandoned prisons, and psychiatric hospitals are good choices for ghost hunters. Places that have a brutal history are more likely to have trapped incarnate spirits that remain bound to the place where they were harmed and/or were suddenly killed.
4. Get The Equipment Ready And Test It For Proper Function
Professional ghost hunters use many kinds of electronic equipment including Geiger counters, electromagnetic field (EMF) detectors, ion detectors, motion detectors, temperature gauges, global positioning system (GPS) devices, infrared/full spectrum cameras, mobile phones, and walkie-talkies, in addition to analog and digital audio recording devices with sensitive microphones.
Each piece of equipment has a specific use that combines well with all the others to increase the chances of capturing any phenomena that might occur. For example, a motion detector can be used to trigger a full-spectrum camera recording. A full-spectrum camera records things that cannot be seen by the human eye, such as the heat patterns of infrared radiation.
3. Go To The Site And Put The Equipment In Place
At every site, there are too many places to be able to cover them all with limited equipment. It is best, if possible, to focus on the known areas where phenomena have occurred in the past.
Test the equipment again and calibrate it on site. If EMF detectors are used as part of the data gathering efforts, then before any equipment is placed in a room, it is important to take baseline readings of the electromagnetic levels at various parts of the room.
After the equipment is placed in the room, EMF readings need to be taken again. The readings will be significantly different when taken in close proximity to other electronic equipment. To avoid contamination from this problem, notice the areas that have less interference with readings closer to the levels of the first baseline ones and place the EMF monitoring equipment in those places.
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2. Wait Patiently
Patience is a virtue when ghost hunting because many hours may go by without even the slightest hint of any phenomena. Then, all of a sudden something may happen. The event may only last a few moments, so it is best to be prepared at all times when conducting a site survey for ghosts.
One profession group of ghost hunters recommends hiding cameras by disguising them. This is because sometimes the obvious presence of a camera keeps the ghost from wanting to make an appearance. If there is no chance that a camera can be tampered with, it is a good idea to leave a camera in place for as long as possible. Use a time lapse setting or have it triggered to capture images by a motion detector. This improves the odds of recording something interesting.
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1. Thoroughly Review Collected Materials
Spending a lot of time at the site to record audio and video is good. It is also helpful to inspect the site in great detail and take notes about it. This helps to improve the chances of capturing something useful. Sometimes, the phenomena are not noticed when on site and only discovered later when the recordings are reviewed carefully after leaving the site.
The review process may take many hours. If something interesting has been caught in the recordings, it is usually reviewed multiple times to try to find an explanation for the phenomena that is not of paranormal origin. Only when as many alternative explanations as possible have been considered should a ghost hunter claim to have perhaps captured a ghost.
Ghost hunting can be a fun hobby. For those that are sufficiently dedicated, it can also lead to a career. Anyone can have a good time ghost hunting. While doing it, just repeat the line from the Ghostbusters movie theme song to yourself, which is “I ain’t scared of no ghosts!”
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