The New Investigator

You may have thought about what it would be like to go on a paranormal investigation and not just a historic tour or a theatrical production. Well you can and I am going to tell you how to do it and what you will need.

It’s not easy to become a member of a paranormal investigation team. You may not have the time that is required to be an investigator but you would still like to go on the occasional ghost hunt. Well you can do just that by joining Maine Ghost Hunters on one of our Meet-Up investigations. There are many overnight investigations that the public can attend all over the country including right here in Maine. If you go to http://www.meetup.com/MaineGhostHunters/ you can sign up for one of our overnight investigations where you get to investigate a location using your own equipment and keep your own evidence. Now if this is all new to you this is a great way for you to learn from experienced investigators without spending too much money. This experience will also give you the chance to find out that TV shows about ghost hunting might be a little more exciting than the real thing…that is until something that you can’t explain happens.

How much is it going to cost you for some basic equipment? For starters let’s talk about what is mandatory for one of MGH’s Meet-up Investigations. Safety equipment is a must and should always be practiced even if you are doing your own thing or at another meet-up. If you are investigating on your own,  always get permission from the property owner first.  MGH requires you to have at least two flashlights. You don’t want to be falling down a set of stairs or through a hole in the floor because you can’t see. We recommend one hand held flashlight like a mini mag light. Now the one I have here comes with colored lenses which is great if there will be anyone videotaping the event. A red lens won’t interfere with the cameras as much and this mini mag combo kit can be found for about $14 at your local hardware store or big chain retailer. Your second light source should be a headlamp. These lights strap to your head and that leaves your hands free to operate any other investigation gear you have. Just as with the mag lights, you can find the headlamps at the same stores for about $18 – $20.

Investigation equipment can be very expensive and there are a lot of items out there that claim to do things they don’t, so be careful. In my opinion the only piece of equipment that you need to start with would be a cheap digital voice recorder. Audio is where we get our most evidence from.  Recorders can range anywhere from $20 to over $400. I would look for a digital recorder that has a USB port for downloading and I personally prefer one that records in stereo. The one I have pictured here is about $40 but you can find ones that are a little cheaper.

For a first Investigation with a group this would be the bare minimum that you would need costing you less than $100. For that small investment in equipment,  some of which you probably already have lying around the house already, you are ready for your first investigation. Make sure you take the time to talk to your event host and group leaders as most of them will have valuable information that can help you expand your inventory of equipment and knowledge on how to investigate. Most important please respect the locations owner and his property, other members in the group, and the sprits you may interact with.

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