Minimum or Necessary Equipment

1. Camcorder with high resolution, 30x zoom or greater capability, low lux (light) sensitivity, and manual focus (absolutely necessary since autofocus does not work at night or in darkness).

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2. Backup batteries and additional tape (analog) or cartridge (digital) for camcorder.
3. Shotgun mic for camcorder (optional).
4. 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera with 300mm zoom lens with manual settings, and electronic cable attachment for operating shutter (only Minolta makes this feature).
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5. Motor drive for film advance.
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6. 400 ISO film (lower or higher ISO either too insensitive or too sensitive for night lights).
7. Kodak high speed InfraRed film to capture heat signatures from the lights.
8. Take along at least five rolls of 24 exposure film (three rolls of 36 exposure film).
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9. Stable tripod with quick release attachment for camera (necessary for quick setups). 
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10. Small pocket audio recorder (VOX capability) with lavaliere microphone and cable so that mic can be attached to collar or shirt.
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11. Additional audio tapes (use 90 minute microcassettes - keep track of time left on tape).
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12. Digital watch with easily activated nightlight (Indiglo-type watch is ideal), and which shows seconds.
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13. Notepad and pen for writing down time exposures and other data in the event audio recorder  fails.
14. Compass for determining direction of sightings (hung around neck).
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15. Small easily operated photonlight (black) or penlite (red) for reading compass, writing notes, changing film or tape, and operating features on equipment.
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16. Additional batteries for audio tape recorder, lavaliere mic, SLR camera, and penlight.

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For the Serious Investigator/Scientist

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Optional Equipment

(moderately expensive to very expensive)

At least one or two items from this list are needed.

1. Fluxgate magnetometer/gaussmeter
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2. or professional Proton Precession Magnetometer 
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3. or Geometrics cesium magnetometer with GPS receiver built in (G-858 MagMapper with AG132 DGPS).
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4. GSP receiver (e.g. Garman or Lowrance) and lists of manufacturers.
                        $483.00                                                         $299.99                              

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5. Airtraffic scanners (Radio Shack).
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5. Night vision binoculars or Russian-made NV binoculars
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6. or nightvision spotting scope
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7. Night vision (IR) attachment for either camcorder or 35mm camera. Night Owl Optics.
    $164.95 (2.1x)            $395.00 (2.4x)    $1,824.00 (400-600m)     $399.95 (3.1x)    

Night Owl Monocular 2.4x

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Night Owl Monocular 3.1x

Infared Camera

This infared camera was developed along with the Ary’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) under a dual-use science and technology program (DUST). It operates in the long wavelength infared range (8-12 microns), weighs 6 oz, and is about one and a half the size of a D cell battery. The Alpha provides analog video in monochrome RS-170A format with optional CCIR and real-time 12-bit corrected digital video.

This product is well suited for a variety of military and commercial applications including ground-based surveillance, micro-UVAs, autonomous security, OEM systems, and helmet-mounted sensing used in firefighting where it is necessary to see through smoke and pinpoint hotspots in walls and ceilings.

Indigo Systems Corporation, 5385 Hollister Ave #103, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Phone: 805-9649-797; Fax: 805-964-7708.

8. Geiger-Mueller Counter (not preferred - cannot distinguish between different types of radiation).  
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9. or an ND-2RP, which can detect alpha, beta, gamma, and x-ray radiation.
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