The Ghost Hunter has many electronic instruments that they may use during an on-site investigation for the detection of spectral entities. Last month, we discussed EMF meters and how they are effective for detecting magnetic field anomalies. This month, we will discuss another device for detecting energy anomalies, such as cold spots.
A cold spot is often associated with magnetic anomalies detected during investigation of suspected poltergeist occurrences. Ghost researchers have documented reports of cold regions found within a room that are much colder then the surrounding ambient temperature. Often these cold spots will move about the room in a non random manner, as if some kind of intelligence orchestrates their positioning.
Most digital thermometers available today from commercial sources require sampling times of fifteen to twenty seconds before displaying the temperature. They require that a faster sampling time establish the sudden drop of temperature as compared to the ambient temperature when the thermometer is passed through a cold spot.
The thermal scanner, Raynger ST-2, is a hand held infrared non contact thermometer that detects surface temperature from a distance. The ST-2 sampling rate is 500 ms so immediate results are digitally available on the view screen. The ST-2 is held like a pistol and pointed in the direction the investigator is searching. Unlike the EMF meter which must pass through a magnetic field to detect the strength, the thermal scanner can detect cold spots from a distance. The formula for determining how far away an object must be to be detected is as follows: A 1-inch diameter object is detectable at a distance of 1-foot. Thus, a ten-inch diameter object is detectable from a distance of ten feet.
The ST-2 is backlit so investigating a cemetery at midnight poses no problem for viewing the temperatures being recorded. According to manufacturers of this kind of equipment, readings generated will only occur when the infrared beam strikes a surface causing a temperature to be displayed. Documented field tests have determined that temperature drops ranging from 25 degrees to 50 degrees below the ambient temperature are common for ectoplasmic anomalies. This enormous temperature differential is significant because it suggests the presence of an energy field that is either absorbing the heat or that it is moving extremely fast and is cooling the air surrounding the energy field.
How can balls of light or ectoplasmic clouds like vapor has a surface to generate a temperature reading? The author would like to suggest that this ectoplasmic vapor is essentially ectoplasmic matter whose structure composition is much finer then what the human eyes can observe or detect. This spirit matter does have substance and density, but whose frequency spectrum is above the range of the human eye, but can be captured on film. The Ghost Hunter has many tools that they may apply during an investigative phase for the detection of ghostly entities. Last month, we discussed EMF meters and how they are effective for detecting magnetic field anomalies. This month, we will discuss another tool, the thermal scanner for detecting cold spots.
A cold spot is often associated with haunts and with paranormal activity. Many investigators have reported cold regions of a room that are much colder then the surrounding ambient temperature. Often these cold spots will move about the room as if floating about. Most digital thermometers available today take too long to respond to temperature changes, usually sampling the temperature every fifteen to twenty seconds. They need a faster sampling rate to note the immediate change in the ambient temperature.
How can balls of light or ectoplasmic clouds like vapor have a surface to generate a temperature reading? The author would like to suggest that this ectoplasmic vapor is essentially ectoplasmic matter whose structure composition is much finer then what the human eyes can observe or detect. This spirit matter does have substance and density, but whose frequency spectrum is above the range of the human eye, but can be captured on film.
Consider the photograph of an ectoplasmic vortex captured at Sellers Arts & Crafts. This strange vortex appeared to cast a shadow onto the wall. Apparently light waves were reflected when they attempted to pass through the vortex. The molecular density of this ectoplasmic vortex has to be such that light is prevented from passing through it. Since this ectoplasmic vortex was not visible at the time the picture was taken, we must presume that the composition of the vortex was of a higher or finer nature then what the human eyes could observe.
Also consider the two anomalous photographs taken by Ghost Researcher, Troy Taylor of www.prairieghosts.com. The first photo shows a glowing ball of light in the Bell Witch Cave of Tennessee. This ghost light was not visible at the time he took the photograph but it appears on film.It appears as a solid globe suggesting physical density and composition. This ectoplasmic substance that composes the globe is real. Its temperature can be measured if scanned with a thermal scanner and will be different then the ambient temperature of the surrounding rock wall of the cave. The second photo shows the ST-2 detecting an anomalous ball of light in the branches of the tree.
The author has posted on his website, www.ghostweb.com several photos that clearly show both an ectoplasmic vapor like substance and a globe of light corporeality detected by thermal scanners during investigations at a haunted cemetery. The ST-2 is a valuable tool in tracking the position of ghostly anomalies during an investigation.
Bio: Dave Oester is an active Ghost Hunter and president of the International Ghost Hunters Society. He has appeared on several segments of Strange Universe and will appear in a Fall segment for Arts & Entertainment episode for The Unexplained. The ST-2 Thermal Scanner is available on his website, www.ghostweb.com.