When we first joined a local Paranormal research group, one thing that everyone one always argued about was
the truth of orbs. Some people believe that all orbs are spirits, while others believe they are nothing more then
dust or moisture in the air. I started doing research on this and I came across a website that went into detail on
the truth about orbs. I also found a device that they had created that eliminated 99% of out of focus dust (the
majority of which are often considered orbs). I followed their instructions on how to build the DEVA (Dust
Eliminating Video Apparatus) and on our very first investigation we went on we had the chance to try the DEVA
out.  We found that video cameras that did not use the DEVA had dust contamination in every recording .The
cameras using the DEVA had little to no dust contamination in the videos. The DEVA is very easy to build and I
would suggest to anyone with a video camera with at least a 2 inch lens to build this device and try it.
Conceived by Jeff Davis, and designed and built by Erik Smith of the OKCGC, and Becky and Ron Cosgrove of
the OKCPRG, DEVA effectively removes ~99% out-of-focus dust contamination from night shot video. When dust
is closer than the focal point of the camera's lens, it appears out of focus to the camera. When it passes the
beam from the infrared light source, it reflects off the dust and it appears to illuminate. This gives the
appearance of "moving orbs" on video, even though it really is just floating dust. Try it yourself, set up your
camera on night shot and then stir up some dust around it, there will be "orbs" everywhere!.

DEVA 1.0 was first tested at the OKCPRG Research Site on November 2nd, 2002. Since then, it has evolved into a
highly stable dust elimination unit. DEVA works by sealing the area in front of the camera lens, ensuring that
everything shot on video is past the focal point of the lens. When used with an infrared light source removed >3
feet from the camera, it removes nearly all dust contamination, and even if dust still gets in the way, it is in focus
and looks just like dust, not paranormal "orbs". Currently, we have ran over 50 hours of video without dust
contamination. Pre-DEVA, in order to verify video anomalies we had to use dual camera protocol, i.e., two
synchronized cameras side by side. After the first few dozen hours of video, we realized that it wasn't necessary
anymore, because if properly used, DEVA eliminates all dust from the video equation.
Since creating and using DEVA filters on all video systems, the apparent flying "orb" phenomena literally stopped
happening, which leads us to believe that all "orb" phenomena is simply due to close contaminants such as dust.

Build A DEVA
Dust - Eliminating - Video - Apparatus
Posted June 2004
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Conceived by Jeff Davis, and designed and built by Erik Smith of the OKCGC, and Becky and Ron Cosgrove of
the OKCPRG, DEVA (Dust Eliminating Video Apparatus) effectively removes ~99% out-of-focus dust
contamination from night shot video. Since creating and using DEVA filters on all video systems, the apparent
flying "orb" phenomena literally stopped happening, which leads us to believe that all "orb" phenomena is simply
due to close contaminants such as dust.

You can build your own DEVA with these instructions and a few inexpensive parts from your local hardware store
(part numbers shown here are from Home Depot). DEVA should fit almost all Sony Nightshot video cameras, and
when used correctly, filter out almost all close contaminants that create false positive video anomalies.
Parts Needed
Description        Home Depot Part #
6" DC Planter (6" Flower Pot)        B112-348
Household Goop Tube (Glue)        C974-110
2" No Hub Coupling        C190-225 (Plumbing Department)
8"x10"x.093" Lexon XL Sheet (Plexiglass)        D987-295
Flat Black Paint        Any Brand (Krylon works well)
Tools Needed
2" Hole Cutting Drill Bit (used to drill door knob holes)
Power Drill for Drill Bit
Dremel, Rotozip, or equivalent (for cutting plexiglass)
Fine sand paper or a file


1. If you choose to paint the outside of your DEVA (for cosmetic purposes), spray paint the exterior of the
flowerpot and seal it with an acrylic clear coat now. It is a good idea to paint the inside of your DEVA with flat
black paint as well. This will keep internal reflections down, and keep stray light from leaking through the plastic
and contaminating your video. Use a flat black paint (Krylon Ultra-Flat works well), and paint the inside of the
flower pot with several even coats. When you hold the flower pot up to the light, you should not be able to see
any light leaking through the plastic.

2. Use the 2" Hole Cutting drill bit to carefully drill a hole in the bottom of the flowerpot, slightly off centered, and
use a utility knife to clean up the edges. Tighten the metal clamps on one end of the 2" Coupling until the
diameter is small enough to fit into the hole you just cut. Place a bead of glue around the inside of the hole you
just cut and slide the 2" Coupling inside the flowerpot about half way. Now, expand the metal clamps, and the
coupling should make a snug fit in the hole. Run another bead of glue on the outside of the flowerpot against the
coupling and on the inside of the flowerpot against the coupling to seal the coupling-flowerpot joint entirely from
air and dust flow. Allow this joint to dry for several hours before proceeding.

3. Trace the top (big opening) of the flowerpot on the plexiglass. Carefully, with either a Rotozip, Dremel, or
similar tool cut the traced pattern out (leave the protective film covering on the plexiglass while cutting to
prevent scratching the plexiglass lens). Once this is done clean up the edges of the round plexiglass lens with
fine sandpaper or a file.

4. Run a bead of glue around the top edge of the flowerpot (you may want to sand or file off the paint in this area
to make the glue hold better), remove the protective film from the plexiglass and carefully lay the plexiglass circle
on the flowerpot's large opening. Press down and make sure you have a good seal between the plexiglass and
the flowerpot with the glue. Wipe any excess glue that seeps from the edges of the joint, and leave your DEVA to
dry in a well ventilated area for at least 48 hours before using. The paint and glue will not fully cure for several
weeks, so be extremely careful with your DEVA! Also, be careful not to scratch the plexiglass lens, as any
scratch will be visible on your video recordings.

Using your DEVA

Slide the protruding 2" Coupling over the lens of the video camera CAREFULLY, and tighten the metal clamp until
there is a good seal between the DEVA and the camera lens. Turn off, or block your internal infrared (IR) light
(THIS IS ESSENTIAL!). Most Sony Digital Nighshots have detachable hotshoe IR's that can simply be turned off,
but on Hi-8 and other models, you may have to engineer some way to either turn off your video camera's IR light,
or block it completely. Remember: infrared light can pass through materials that may look opaque to the human
eye, so if you have to block your IR, test different materials until you find one that works well. Point your video
camera at a mirror, and look through the viewfinder in NightShot mode - you shouldn't be able to any light
coming from your video camera's internal IR.

Once you get DEVA secured and your internal IR light either turned off or blocked, you must now find another
source of infrared lighting. You can either "piggy-back" off another video camera's IR light, or use an IR Extender
(available from Sony, model HVL-IRC, these are self-contained IR sources, mountable on any tripod). You MUST
place the IR extender or pickybacking camera at LEAST three feet to the side of your DEVA-equipped video
camera, and aim it to illuminate the area your camera is pointed at.

When using DEVA, remoting the infrared light source is the key to eliminating all dust contamination - because
reflections off contaminants will not be directed back into the camera lens. Read "The Truth About Orbs" for
more information on close contaminants in photography and video. Congratulations, you are done, and ready to
enjoy hundreds of hours of contaminant-free video!
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