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Game Cameras | Trail Cameras – What to get?

by on Sep.09, 2011, under Equipment

Game Camera used in paranormal investigationIt was a while back when I watched Ghost Adventures, and I saw Zack with a Moultrie I-40 Game Spy camera. I picked one of those up and used them on various investigations. It’s a great game trail camera. I get a few emails asking about what is a good game camera to get for paranormal investigations. I think when you’re ready to purchase a trail camera you need to ask yourself a few questions.

– What are my features? (video, IR, water proof, storage capacity, ease of use, built in viewer, sound, etc).
– What is my quality requirements? (megapixel for example)
– What is my budget?

Once you have these defined, you can start shopping and looking around. For some of you that aren’t familiar with game cameras at all, then I’ll break down some of the features needed.

You should have a camera that IR (infrared). It needs to shoot in the dark as well as in the daylight. Video is nice to have as well, but not necessarily required. Video will use more of you SD card, etc so you need to plan ahead with that. Some cameras actually shoot HD video and record sound. This will definitely use more memory and you’ll need to consider that for long investigations. I purchased the Moultrie Game Camera because it records time and temperature as well as lunar cycle. I like the temperature, especially during investigations people will discuss how cold the room has gotten. With the game camera in the same room, you can verify temperature drops.

I would also look at the megapixel of the images. You want good quality images when reviewing evidence. The higher the better, but also understand the higher the megapixel or MP, the higher the cost of the unit.

Now-a-days cameras are getting smaller and smaller, which is great. If you’re team is wanting to cover a large area or multiple rooms, a trail camera is a great asset to have in the investigators toolbox. You should expect to pay between $100 – $200 for a quality camera. Obviously you can pay much more and get deals below $100, so like I mentioned above, first get your requirements in budget in place. That will help with your decision.

If you’re looking to purchase a game camera, check out GameCamerasOnSale.com which is a great place for locating deals as well as seeing images and video in the blog. It’s a great way to see what type of footage a camera is capable of. Note – most of these will be images of wildlife, but you should be able to get an idea of what the camera can and can’t do.

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Finished the prototype of my paranormal geophone

by on Nov.16, 2010, under Equipment

I was excited to finish my version of the paranormal geophone. The first prototype used a smaller circuit board, which in turn added more wires to connect the LEDs. Not ideal. The second prototype used a larger circuit board where the LEDs were connected directly. This worked brilliantly, and created a very clean build.

The paranormal team I’m affiliated (TSI – Tortured Souls Investigation) had an investigation over the weekend, and this would be a great test for my geophones. Both worked well, both were quite sensitive and did the job. Nothing conclusive in relation with the geophone and the investigation though (overall it was a quiet night).

The geophone that I’ve put together have some cool features. Number one, they’re built in a aluminum enclosure, so they’re built to last. Number two, I used super bright LEDs that really light up when there is seismic activity. I also have the option of battery power or powered by adapter which is handy if batteries are drained. I’ve included the sensitivity knob which uses a high quality potentiometer with a cool looking ‘chicken head’ knob. Also LED power light so you know it’s on.. when it’s on.

I’ll have some photos up soon!

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Rankin Hall Investigation

by on Oct.09, 2009, under Evidence, Investigations

So I was able to attend a interesting event here in Missoula. 107.5FM are having a ‘ghost hunt’ every Thursday for the month of October. Apparently, the first week was a ghost hunt ‘simulation’, I wasn’t aware of this.. or what was involved, but the public was invited and were participating in a contest to attend a ‘real’ ghost hunt the following Thursday(s).

I was contacted by my group (Tortured Souls Investigation – TSI) to see if I would be able to attend the upcoming ghost hunt. 107.5 was planning to have two paranormal investigation teams (TSI and GIG – Girls Investigation Ghosts) take the winners from last weeks simulation. The crowd consisted of about 20 people (which is large for a investigation in my opinion). Going into this I was VERY weary of participating. I was worried it was going to be too much of a media circus and I was also unsure if the people involved would take this seriously, or mock our efforts.

There was media and there was a lot of hype involved, but I was really impressed with the participants. Quickly it was obvious that the people who were there were into it.. with respect and seriousness.

Rankin Hall consists of three floors and is one of the oldest buildings on the University of Montana campus. The first team had the main floor and the upper floor. The second team (TSI) started in the basement. After a hour and half or so, the teams swapped locations. KPAX, one of the local news stations, also attended and stayed for the majority of the hunt as well.

I was particularly excited to use a few pieces of new equipment. It was a great opportunity to use the GeoPhone, but we had no interesting results from it. I also used the Moultry game camera in hand-held mode. Normally, I use the game camera with stationed on a tri-pod, but wanted to give this a shot. I feel like I need to work on my aim a bit, and be just touch more still. I was also able to use my digital camera converted to IR during low light. I had to use my flashlight IR illuminators to light the room prior to shooting any photos.

I noticed that my flashlights are too focused, and I need to figure out how to disperse the light a bit and create a more wash/flood. If anyone has any suggestions on how to do this.. please let me know.

I was hoping to use the ShackHack ghost box, but the opportunity did not present itself during this investigation, but it could be possible for next week’s hunt.

Overall, the Rankin Hall investigation provided low activity. There seems to have been a few personal experiences, but no real ‘hard’ evidence, but it was great to make some new local friends interested in the paranormal.

You can see photos from the Moultry game camera and the digital still IR shots in my Flickr Gallery.

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Surge of Paranormal Shows

by on Oct.09, 2009, under Shows

Over the last few years, I’ve been absolutely blown away by the recent surge of paranormal (specifically ghost related) shows that are popping up on TV. Is this solely because of the success of Ghost Hunters?

I do have to admit they’re awefully entertaining, but I feel they misrepresent how much action actually occurs at investigations. With the power of ‘editing’ it makes ghost hunting thrilling and exciting with every minute, but in reality it’s a lot of sitting and waiting. Funny, how a ghost show has to have something to provide the viewers, which always makes me think if they are some how doctored. I’ve discussed this in the past, and I believe lots of evidence or personal experiences are staged. Could be wrong… who knows.

With that said, I’m looking forward to Ghost Lab, I missed the premiere. Anyone see it? How is it? How is it different?

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Losing Faith?

by on Jun.22, 2009, under Experiences

It’s odd how sometimes I start to question my own faith in the paranormal. I question my own personal experiences today, wondering if it could have been my overactive imagination all along? I question the situation, circumstance, and my memory.

To me this is really disheartening, and I think I’ve been starting to feel this way since the various acqusations of fraud on some of the paranormal shows. Now every one of those shows I watch with the skeptical almost waiting-to-see-the-string sort of attitude, when before these shows reinforced my strong belief, and the pride that people were willing to discuss things in a public manner and exposing the truth of the paranormal. For years, I remembered never wanting to talk about my experiences, and always felt the need to sit with someone with similar experience and together we would determine that we’re not ‘whacko’.

I remember a couple of years ago when I contacted the paranormal investigation group I’m currently in, it was such a relief to feel that I could take part into something I was always unsure about. Going on investigations, I was disappointed in the ‘activity’ that didn’t seem to happen. Lately, I’m wondering if the paranormal exists? Do spirits exist? Maybe when we die.. it just goes black.. and that’s it.

I think I need a fresh personal experience to get me back on track. Either that or dial down my own skeptic level. Have any of you out gone through something similar?

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