- OUR EQUIPMENT -

Below is the equipment SJGR uses:

Digital and 35mm Cameras

Canon Power Shot SD1000 digital camera • Canon Sureshot 80 35mm camera • Kodak DC-215 Digital Camera • Cannon Sure Shot 105 35mm camera • Olympus 3040Z digital camera •  Olympus D520 Zoom digital camera • Minolta Freedom Autodate SII 35mm camera • Cannon Power Shot A40 Digital Camera • Olympus D-380 digital camera • Olympus C-4000 Digital Camera • Olympus C-700 Digital camera • Fuji DL8 35mm camera • Olympus D-560 Zoom Digital Camera • Casio QV-3000EX digital camera • Fuji FinePix 2650 Zoom Digital Camera • Toshiba PDR-2300 digital camera • Canon S230 Digital Camera • Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera


Canon Power Shot SD1000

Video Cameras

Sony CCD-TRV108 camcorder with infrared nightshot • Sony TRV 65 High 8 digital camcorder with infrared nightshot • Sony Camcorder TRV820 w/ infrared nightshot • Sony TRV-308 camcorder w/infrared nightshot • Sony CCD-TRV58 video camera w/ infrared nightshot • Sony ccd TRV-35 8mm video camera w/ infrared nightshot • Sony trv-118 8mm video camera w/ infrared nightshot • Sony CCD-TRV128 video camera w/ infrared nightshot • [4]-IR light extender




IR
Video Cameras & DVRs

[12] Vidcam Wireless Infrared Day/Night Cameras w/receivers • [3] Piczel 5140 Four Channel Digital Video Recorder • [2] USB 4 channel DVR





Motion Sensing Digital Cameras w/ IR flash

Atlantis DHC-200 digital camera with motion sensor and Infrared night vision •  [2] Moultrie Game Spy 4.0-Megapixel Digital Camera with IR Flash • [4] 2gb SD memory cards





Night  Vision

Bushnell Night Watch 2x24 w/Built-In IR illuminator Famous Trails FT1000 Starfox Night Vision Monocular w/Built-In IR illuminator Yukon NVMT 2X24 Multi-Tasking Compact Night Vision Monocular w/Built-In IR illuminator [3] camera mounting bracket




Audio Recorders

Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop
Panasonic RR-DR60 digital audio recorders • Panasonic RR-QR80 digital voice recorders • RCA Digital Voice Recorder RP5030A • Olympus Digital Recorder VN-3100PC • Olympus VN-1000 Digital Voice Recorder • Sony IPD-P210 digital voice recorder • Olympus VN-1000SE digital voice recorder • Olympus VN-240 digital voice recorderPanasonic RR-QR120 digital recorder • Sony ICD-70 IC Recorder • [2]-Panasonic RR-QR100 digital recorder • Panansonic RR-QR120 digital recorder • Optimus boundary Microphone • Labtec AM22 Microphone • Recoton MM-40 Microphone • [2]-Sony ENC-F8 Omnidirectional Microphone


Olympus digital voice recorder vn240

Sony omnidirectional microphone ecm8

Electromagnetic Field Detectors - [EMF]

[24] Cell Sensor EMF Detectors • [10] Trifield Natural EMF Meters • [28] ELF Zone EMF meters • [2] Electrosensor EMF Detectors • [2] Gauss Lites EMF meter • Hutech EMF meter • Dr. Gauss Meter EMF Meter • [6] KII EMF meter
• [3] Ghost Meter EMF meter • [7] Osun Radiation Finder • Osun EMF Hunter


Trifield Natural EM Meter and Cell Sensor EMF meter


Temperature Sensing Equipment

[2] USB502 Temperature/Humidity/Dew Point Data Logger
[5] Raytech MT2 non-contact IR thermometer • Raytech MT4 non-contact IR thermometer • [3] La Crosse Technology's IR101 Infrared Thermometer PT50 Digital Thermometer • Extech 42520 IR Thermometer • [4] Radio Shack digital thermometers • [3] Radio Shack remote thermometers with base unit • PDT300 digital thermometer • [2] Radio Shack Digital Barometer • Nu-temp NU-263 IR non-contact thermometer • Oregon Scientific EM899 digital thermometer • Max-Min Thermometer/Hygrometer • [2] Mastercool Pocket IR thermometerMastercool Dual Air/ IR thermometer


USB502 Temperature/Humidity/Dew Point Data Logger

Raytek MT4 Non-contact IR Thermometer


PIR Motion Sensors

[2] Minialert PIR motion detectors •
[6] Streetwise PIR motion detectors • Telko S003M PIR motion detectorRadio Shack 49425 PIR Motion Detector •


Mini-Alert Motion Sensor

Miscellaneous Equipment

 [2]-UFR-308 FRS radios • [4] Cobra Cleartalk FRS radios • [6]-Motorolla FRS radios • Uniden 4000 FRS radio • [4] Bell South FRS radio • [4] V-talk FRS radios • [2] Bell South 18 channel FRS radios • Motorola T5400 2-way radio • Motorola TalkAbout T5420 radio • [4]-Uniden TR620 FRS radio • [2] Motorola Talkabout 5950 Two Way FRS Radio • [8]=Copper L dowsing rods • [2]-Compass

Extras

Batteries • water • notebook • pens 

Tips for Using Equipment

Cameras are a valuable tool for investigating a haunting. They provide a visual documentation of the site and the phenomena occurring. Cameras are neither for nor against the supernatural allowing what we do not see with our closed minds to be photographed. We use Digital with auto focus/auto flash cameras.

When taken pictures it is also wise to say flash. While photographing at the site you should try to avoid any unnecessary focus points that might have lights, reflective surfaces, poles or any other obstruction that will interfere with evaluation or determination of the photograph and it's elements. All photographs should be cataloged with the corresponding negative for archival storage or saved on your hard drive, CD or disk.

If you are more experienced photographer you may want to try infrared film. Most digital cameras already can “see” in infrared and we use these with much success. We have used Kodak film primarily but have also used Fuji and a department store brand with similar results. When you develop them you don't need to go to a camera shop, the local drug store or department store is fine. Let them know you want all the pictures developed so that you get the pictures that they might think are bad ones. These "bad ones" are normally your best ectoplasm mist photos.

Video cameras cameras are an important instrument for an investigation. Unlike still cameras they provide us with constant visual and audio surveillance for review and observation. The video cameras we use are equipped with infrared capability and this is the mode we use. With video any phenomena occurring can be documented in its entirety. This will show the length of time the phenomena occurs, what is happening, the conditions surrounding the phenomena, and possibly even the cause of the phenomena.

When setting up the video camera place it in an area that has an unobstructed view of the whole area being investigated but not in the way of the investigators, an entrance, or an exit. You can also walk around with the video camera. When videoing state the location, time, investigators names, and weather conditions. It is extremely important to state any obstruction in the focus point of the video camera that may be perceived during review as an anomaly, such as a light source for example. Do not use any external light source when videoing. Most video cameras have nightshot setting or IR settingsd on them, if so, use that setting because that puts the camera in the infrared mode. When reviewing the tape, be sure to mark down all the times a phenomenon occurs and include this in your report.

Digital Voice Recorders are with out a doubt one of the most important pieces of equipment that you should have in you investigators toolbox.  Audio recorders are used for many different purposes throughout an investigation. Recorders are used for interviews, spontaneous thoughts, your notes and attempting to record  electronic voice phenomena [EVP].

When using audio recorders be sure to state the location, time of investigation, and investigators names. When recording investigators names it would be wise to have each individual present state their own names, which will make it easier for distinction amongst voices heard on the tape during review. Voice activation mode should be deactivated on tape recorders during use when electronic voice phenomena is trying to be achieved due to the fact that it usually cuts off beginnings of words, sentences, and phrases. This is not necessary with digital recorders and they actual seem to work better in voice activation mode. If the recorder comes equipped with a tape counter record the locations on the tape where any audible phenomena is being heard during review.

The Electromagnetic Field Detector, also known as an EMF, is the modern day ghost researcher's tracking device, a very important piece of equipment. With this instrument it is possible to locate and track energy sources. It will detect fluctuations in electromagnetic fields and low strength moving EMF fields that have no source. Before using the EMF as a ghost research tool on an investigation be sure to walk around the area and take initial readings around energy sources such as light poles or electrical outlets to be sure of the readings you receive while scanning the area during the investigation. Most units when purchased come with a manual describing most household and major appliances and their corresponding electromagnetic reading.

When using the EMF as a tracking device look for fluctuations of 2.0 to 7.0, this usually indicates spirit presence. Anything higher or lower is normally has a natural source.

Thermometers are an instrument that is also very useful There are two types used regular digital thermometers and infrared non contact thermometers. When used on an investigation this will aid as a detection system for spirit presence. Rapid temperature drop of 10 degrees of more could indicate spirit presence.

The compass is a useful instrument to an investigator due to its compact size and low cost price. When used on an investigation this will indicate spirit presence when the needle cannot come to a precise heading or spins/moves erratically. This works on the same principle as a EMF meter.

Motion Detectors can be used to sense movements by often-unseen forces or spirits. You can get battery operated ones for about 20 dollars and they are great for inside but we have seen them used successfully outdoors as well, just watch the placement. You don't want a tree branch setting it off.

Two-way radios are a good communication system for an investigation team. Often the investigators tend to split up and this will allow quick and clear communication to avoid searching and yelling.

Flashlights are a must for any investigator. In most investigations this will be the only light source you will have. When using the flashlight, if possible, the investigator should have a red filter fitted to the lens. This will still provide clear vision but tinting the light keeps your night vision intact.

Extra batteries, extra flashlightbulbs, extra tapes, extra film, etc. are a must when you want to be well-prepared for an investigation. You do not want to have that once in a life time opportunity such as a full body apparition to float on by because your batteries were drained or you did not have enough film. In this field there is never enough when it comes to equipment.

To see photos and find out where you can buy some of this equipment, visit: The Ghost Hunters Toolbox.