Equipment we useWhilst we can not guarantee finding paranormal activity on every event, Southern Ghost Society has invested in a wide range of equipment specially designed to aid the investigation into paranormal or manifestations of ghosts. Depending on the location we are investigating we use different equipment and techniques. The equipment on this page is the range of equipment we use on our ghost hunts. To enable you to obtain the best paranormal experience on your ghost hunt our equipment is available for individual use where possible. The equipment descriptions and photographs are courtesy of our suppliers and should be used as a general guide.
What you should take with youMany of our events are held in locations where heating is limited, there may be missing windows and doors, the floors maybe uneven and of course it will be very dark. A torch is most essential but don't worry if you don't have one or have left it behind we do have a few spare ones. Warm clothing is essential and wherever possible have a couple of layers, you can always take them off if you get warm. If attending an outside ghost hunt, bring some waterproofs - we all know how reliable the UK weather is. Sensible shoes or trainers that are comfortable are a must as many of our locations have uneven floors.
Camera's are another essential item. The camera can record images of orbs and shadowy shapes from by spirits and ghosts manifestations. A high resolution digital camera will obtain the best results.
The KII or K2 Meter is used in all our investigations and is a favourite item for our guests to use when investigating the paranormal.
The K2 meter detects electromagnetic fields believed to be generated when a spirit is manifesting itself or maybe present. The K2 meter has 5 brightly coloured led lights ranging from green, yellow orange and red. These lights flash and when electromagnetic energy is present. The more lights illuminated the stronger the magnetic field. When all lights are lit this is called a spike. The K2 can be used to try and communicate with spirits by asking questions and watching for responses on the meter. As the K2 meter detects electronic fields we are wary that some responses may be from nearby mobile phones or electrical equipment so you may be asked to switch off mobile phones when using this equipment.
Mel MetersThe Mel Meter incorporates various different features. The Mel meter is able to record EMF (Electromagnetic fields) and Temperature simultaneously. There are numerous theories that surround the use of EMF meters and Thermometers one such theory being that with EMF (Electromagnetic Field) fluctuations come what are referred to as ‘Cold Spots’.
EMF is the electromagnetic field emitted by natural and man-made objects that conduct and use electricity, including fluorescent lights, fire and smoke detectors. In theory ghosts or spirits also emit EMF that can be detected by the Mel Meter or K2. Prior to the investigation commencing we would check the investigation area for high EMF levels from man-made objects.
Any subsequent increases in EMF levels would then be further investigated as possible paranormal activity.
EMF MeterThe EMF detector is a useful tool to have on investigations as it measures levels of Electromagnetic fields (EMF). With this instrument it is possible to locate and track energy sources and will detect fluctuations in electromagnetic fields.
Before using the EMF as a ghost detecting tool on an investigation it is advisable 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.
It is a common theory that spirits may be able to disrupt electromagnetic fields in such a way that you can tell one is present by higher than normal readings with this meter.
Evp - Digital Voice RecorderElectronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) is intelligible voices or sounds that are found in recording media that have no known physical explanation. Many of the voices / sounds are thought to originate from deceased people.
The use digital voice recorders during our investigations and after the event listen to the recording for any unusual sounds or words that we did not hear at the event.
Post event examination of our recording has discovered some interesting EVP activity and our ghost galley contains a few examples of our findings. A number of voice recorders will be available on our investigations for you’re to conduct your own EVP investigations.
The Spirit Box is a great tool for communication with the paranormal. It is believed that, for the most part, ghosts speak at a frequency the human ear cannot hear.
The spirit box or ghost box sweeps the airwaves, going through channel after channel searching for a frequency. It uses the FM and AM radio frequencies to generate white noise or static noise as it scans the radio stations. It is generally believed that spirits can use the energy generated by the white noise to enable them to be heard. When this occurs you will sometimes hear voices or sounds coming through the static in an attempt to communicate. These can be individual words or complete sentences. The spirit box should also be used in conjunction with the digital recorder, to capture the experience for others to see.
Motion DetectorsThis device creates an invisible beam barrier. When the beam is broken it triggers the alarm. The motion detectors are located. To lock off an investigation are we use motion detector alarms. The alarm projects and invisible beam which if broken, triggers the alarm. Normally these alarms are place in doorways or corridors.
A useful tool for detecting ghost / paranormal activity that moves. A good tip is to let everyone know who is taking part in your investigation where
Laser Pen GridsThe laser pen emits a grid of green dots useful for detecting shadows or general visual disturbances during an investigation.
If something passes in front of the pen then the disturbance can be clearly seen in the grid.
The size and shape of the dots can be adjusted by turning the lens. The laser pen can be used in conjunction with a video camera to capture potential evidence.
Dowsing is often described as the art of finding hidden things. Usually, this is achieved with the aid of a dowsing rods or a pendulum. The origins of dowsing go back to the middle ages and were actively used to detect for water and energy. Dowsing rods are a very simple piece of equipment and is used in our investigation to try and communicate with spirits. The dowsing rods are traditionally used in detecting water or electrical fields. The dowsing rods are held in the hands and spirits are invited to try and move the rods to communicate with us. Initially we need to discover what response would be given to a yes and a no answer. Once this is established further information can be obtained by asking questions requiring a yes or a no response. The dowsing rods can be used by an individual or as a group and we have had some interesting responses using this equipment. Sceptics will often say the person holding the rods are moving them themselves, but it’s not until they encounter the experience themselves that they maybe consider them to be a useful tool in investigating the paranormal.
Talking Board / Ouija BoardsThe talking board, is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words "yes", "no, and "goodbye". Southern Ghost Society uses its own custom designed and built talking boards when holding séances. The board uses an upturned wine glass to indicate the letters and numbers of any messages that may come through. Our preference is to use these boards instead of traditional Ouija boards as more people can participate in the talking board experience. Our boards can be comfortably used by 6 people. The board is opened and closed with prayers and throughout the séance the board and its activity is always respected and controlled. We have experienced some outstanding séances with using these boards.
The traditional Ouija board is also available on request for guest to use and we recommend numbers be restricted to 3 people maximum.
Disco BallAn exciting discovery for investigating the paranormal is the “Disco Cat Ball". Originally designed as a toy to keep cats amused as a plaything, it's now found its place in the investigators toolkit.
The disco ball is a motion sensitive ball that has a number of coloured lad’s. The lad’s flash at random when the ball is moved. . We have used them on investigations where we have asked to the ball to be moved and also a favourite when a location is known to be haunted by children.
When used as a trigger object we have found they are best placed in doorways and corridors.
Static Night Vision Video CameraOn many events we use static digital video recorders with 4 full night vision cameras. The four camera units are set up in areas where there has been either reported paranormal activity or we feel could be active on the night.
The cameras feed a 4 way split screen and can be viewed in real time from the DVR monitor. We set the recorder running when the cameras are in place and they are left running until we leave.
After the event we play the recordings back and look for any signs of possible paranormal activity. It is then possible to capture any evidence and publish on our website or video channel at youtube.com
Sony DCR-SR72 Hard Disc Drive CamcorderWe use the Sony DCR night shot as standard video equipment on our investigations as these cameras give a high quality video recording in no light conditions. This is ideal for capturing paranormal activity on digital video format and the footage can be uploaded to YouTube.
We always have 2 Sony night shot cameras on every investigation. As our guest and if you are brave enough you can use our video cameras on lone vigils and record your own paranormal experience (subject to availability).
The cameras are easy to use and come complete with a 2.7 inch screen and can record up to 20 hours of action. The battery life is excellent and will last up to 7 hours which normally is enough to see us right through the investigation. We also have spare batteries and memory cards.