reply to post by mjtwelve
I have several 35mm Cameras that are used to just point and shoot, I always found it useless to try and use the view finder, your always waiting for
the focus to adjust, it's better to just aim and shoot, I have 2 Sony Video cameras, mostly because Sony have night vision as standard on most of
their cameras now, one is used in standard mode and the other used in night vision to give a side by side recording, they are connected with a metal
brace, so where one is turned, the other one turns exactly the same, I use an everyday webcam which we connect to a laptop, there is a piece of foil
inside behind the lens, on some models if you remove the foil, it turns the webcam into a kind of night vision, it allows it to pick up a lot more in
the dark, there are video's on you tube how to do that, and if you put an old telephoto lens onto it, you can see a lot further, give that one a try
it's well worth the effort, we use that to record in the background, so it allows to concentrate on what we are seeing without the need to scan the
area for perspective, and can be moved around if needed.
I also have an old (Large) VHS camera with a IR light connected to it, we did have 2 but one needs replacing, we also need a bigger IR, we have to
connect it to the car battery for more output, we are unsure as to the range which is hard to figure out when pointing upwards towards the sky.
Recording on VHS & 35mm is my priority now rather than digital, digital can be messed around with too much, and am trying to avoid that, then I have
negatives, I want to go down to old 8mm but it's way expensive, and hard to find now.
I have a small telescope which I haven't used yet, I got it also because it can be connected to the laptop, it has tracking on it, but it tracks the
sky, we are trying to figure a way so we can use the keyboard to move it around, we use scanners to listen just in case there are any reports to
Police or air traffic control, and has been useful a few times, and we have two digital voice recorders we use, just to monitor what is said and to
let us get on with the watching, as well as personal laptops to check images off the digital cameras on the spot.
I met a guy not so long ago who got into trouble because he made himself a small radar system out of old equipment, we are trying to find out the
legalities of maybe using something similar, from what we have found out, as long as it is registered, and properly tested, and some other license
details about locations and informing the right people, I don't understand all the details, but from what we know it can be done, and would be a
major item to use, I figure they never expected anyone to find the need for something like that, I would like to see something like how to make one
put on youtube for others to use.
We also have other gizmos like EMF meters, which we got for ghostie hunts, but we take them with us, and cant forget our fold up chairs, and fire pit,
all the comforts of home lol, I have a small Honda diesel generator, and a really old Russian multi band radio, which picks up just about every
frequency you can imagine, a few times when we have been watching something, that radio has done some really odd things, like white noise will
suddenly turn into a strong signal, like someone is keying a mic but not saying anything?
There is more which without pulling it all out I cant think of, the others who I often go with have some equipment, and some of what I have mentioned
was bought by all of us, it seems all the time someone tries new things, or buys something new, car boot sales are excellent for the old stuff, as is
eBay, dirt cheap some of it, but well worth it if your serious.
What I have found is, because of the fake claims and CGI a lot of serious hunters are switching back to analogue, just to protect themselves if the
claims are made of hoax, if used with modern digital equipment, you have an analogue back up which cant be gotten around.
I find that important because if the time did come when the irrefutable evidence is right there in front of us, then we can back it up, there has to
be no doubt at all.
Buy what you can while it's still semi modern and cheap, once it goes into the collectible category, it becomes way too expensive, there is a guy on
Ebay who sells 35mm film by the hundred at a fraction of the price you would normally pay, a lot of it past it's exp date, but I have yet to have any
problem with out of date film, exp dates are there to keep the market moving imo.
My best equipment though has to be friends, people who you can rely on and them you, having fun, drink a beer (if you drink) and swap ideas, I learn t
a long time ago, it doesn't really matter what people say or think, you are the one who is there, you are the one who is witnessing it, you don't
really need to prove anything to anyone, but it's nice and important to have a record of it, even the smallest detail can make all the difference,
even to someone 20 miles away seeing the same thing, it's easy for someone who was not there to make a judgment.
Just have fun and be patient, you can never know what or when something will show up, 95% of the time all you see are planes and other manmade
aircraft, it's the 5% that gets you, and the 1% of that 5% which will blow your mind.