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  1. A story has surfaced about a meteorite found about 4 years ago in Maryborough. https://10daily.com.au/news/australia/a190716bcjmr/man-hunting-for-gold-finds-four-billion-year-old-meteorite-instead-20190717
  2. Is there anyone still hunting for meteorites in this area? I'm in Roswell and spoke to Skip Wilson (famous meteorite hunter in Portales, NM), years ago. I just never found time to go look myself.
  3. Hi, you may already be talking about it, but I still put some photos two large meteorites discovered in France the first goes back to 2010 (Mont-Dieu) on an old impact site, in the forest who gave a few years ago a 435 kilos (1994) it is 364 kg / discovered by a prospector with a PI (siderite) and another discovery late 2018 again, on a known impact site (since 1968) it is the biggest piece discovered to date and the reccord of France 477 kg / contains 11% nickel discovery also with a PI with this piece of 477 kilos and all the others discovered since 1968 the impact site to deliver nearly 6 tons ...
  4. Last weekend a couple of friends and I got out for a meteorite hunt to Franconia Arizona. I found 2 Chondrites weighing 29 and 98 grams. A few small H metal irons, a nice piece of rose colored Chalcedony, and a .50 casing with 43 date stamped. It got past 100, heat is already coming.... Dave
  5. Hello, Can anyone tell me if this is a meteorite? It is the first “possible” meteorite I have found, so excuse me if this sounds somewhat ignorant. I found it on the coast in DownEast, Maine. I did the only tests I know of, which are magnet and porcelain; it is magnetic and does not mark unglazed porcelain. It weighs 6.5 oz. Help. Thank you for your input!
  6. I targeted gold but didn't come back with any. When in Gold Basin you can also target other things. I went back to an area (actually several) where I had found meteorites and I got a couple. One is flattish and only weighs a half an ounce and the other one on the right is 1.5 ounces. These were found with the 7000. After I found them I experimented with settings for the Equinox on finding meteorites. Meteorites are like hot rocks and can resemble the ground. It was really not possible to hear them unless I was in gold mode. I went from slow to very fast. I went from all metal to reject 9 only in gold mode. Hot rocks are the problem for a VLF. I think the setting that needs more experimenting is speed at maximum, iron reject can vary but reject just 9. This gives an audio response for objects above ground noise and lets me hear a meteorite. Does anyone have a suggested 800 setting for meteorites? Mitchel I've added a few pictures of Gold Basin for those of you who don't see it often.
  7. I found this strange rock at a South Florida beach today. This was pretty far away from the water, at a volleyball court. It was fairly deep in the sand, I would say a good 10 inches. It feels abnormally heavy, weighs 76 grams and a magnet does stick to it. Both my PI metal detector and Pro Find 35 pin pointer go nuts near this thing- the Pro Find 35 makes the ferrous metal sound. Does this look like something I should send out for verification?? With luck, this could help fund my future purchase of an Equinox 800... ?
  8. I have been using the GM1000 for maybe 20 hours, covered some (often difficult and shifting) ground and found what I normally would find, mostly trash, most interesting so far an old key. So far so good. It is not impossible that there might be some gold to find, but highly unlikely. I am trying to dig every clear signal. I am mainly out to find meteorites, and I am still unsure how not to overlook a possible meteorite. Very, very often I would get a clear signal with iron characteristic. When I remove the ground cover, it often slowly fades away. Not sure what that is. Sometimes I do find small corroded iron crumbs (then the signal does not fade). But most often nothing. Also, very often the GM1000 would give a really strong signal, but it is not possible to localize, because it just fades away even before I notice if it was an iron signal or not. I assume due to the auto tracking, so this might indicate a hot rock. But what would I have to expect from a meteorite? If there is iron, also as quite tiny grains, the signal should not just fade, is this correct? So I do not have to worry about the signals from hot rocks? Thanks for help.
  9. I found an unusual item yesterday while metal detecting at the farm. It is egg shape and has the feel and appearance of metal, but doesn't sound off on the detector. It is a little over 2 inches long by about 1 inch across. It is heavily pitted with some crusting in some of the pits. Also there are small inclusions (visible with a loupe). Some of these inclusions are stony in appearance and a couple look similar to crystal quartz (extremely small). It seems very dense and heavy for its size and weighs 80 grams (2 3/4 oz.). The soil in the area has no natural stone or metals in the matrix. There was an old house site in this area. Any help with possible ID will be appreciated. MT
  10. I eyeballed/ picked up a rock that looks sorta like an Apollo space capsule from a farm field.It has a paper thin black crust and grey interior where a farmers plow broke it, but my magnet won't stick to it. How do I tell if it is or isn't a meteorite? There is a parking lot there now. There are sparkles inside the rock. I hear there are stony meteorites that are not magnetic? I'll find the rock and post a photo later. -Tom
  11. Got out to Franconia on the north side yesterday with some friends. The 2 center meteorites are OC's, and the small outlying pieces around them are irons. Until next time, Dave
  12. Got out to Franconia early this week. My main objective of course was to score some nice space rocks, but I also wanted to try out White’s new Goldmaster 24k VLF unit to see how well its proprietary XGB automatic ground tracking would handle the extreme variable ground in the northern half of the strewn field. Anyone who’s searched this area with a VLF detector knows how tedious it can be dealing with the endless volcanic hot rocks, and while the 24k handled the ground matrix extremely well and running a low sensitivity eliminated a lot of the hot rocks, there still remained plenty of them to deal with. Although I did find one half-gram iron with the 24k, with all the hot rocks it was hitting I just couldn’t cover enough ground to increase my odds of making a good find.   As many of us detector operators know, in hot rock hell pulse-induction and zero-voltage transmission technologies are king. So I put away the VLF and brought out the Minelab GPZ 7000 equipped with the 19” coil for maximum ground coverage...time to get serious! With a quick adjustment I was able to ignore all but the largest and most insidious hot rocks and cover a ton of ground, netting several small irons and 2 stones at 27 grams and 75 grams. But the best part was just enjoying the peaceful serenity while roaming the wide open spaces of the Franconia strewn field, and even spotting a wild burro.
  13. “A giant crater that was formed when a meteorite smashed into Earth, has been uncovered deep below Greenland’s ice sheets. The 31-kilometre-wide cavity was discovered by an international team of scientists who believe it was caused by a “rare” meteorite that struck Earth as recently as 12,000 years ago. Evidence suggests the crater was formed when a kilometre-wide iron meteorite penetrated seven kilometres into the Earth’s crust. Since then it has been buried under the thick ice of the Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland. It is the first time ever that an impact crater of any size has been found underneath one of Earth’s continental ice sheets.” Click here for the rest of the story
  14. "This is only the fifth fall in Arizona and the first one in the Valley," said Arizona State University professor Laurence Garvie, curator of the Center for Meteorite Studies. "He is asking anyone within two miles of Deer Valley Road and 75th Avenue in Glendale to look for black rocks in their yard that weren't there before." Full article here
  15. On my way to Rye Patch last Thursday morning about 1:17 AM I was on 395 and observed a meteor or 'fireball event' that was just incredible. I now see that there is a video that does not do it justice. Before I put a link to that video and those reports let me tell you what I saw and how I reported it. This is what I saw: About 20 minutes north of Ridgecrest on 395 I had just gotten out of my car. As soon as I opened the door I could see it coming. It was several objects burning in the sky with 6-7 separate streaks. It was a dark night and no moon. It was perfectly clear where I was and I thought I was just looking at a huge screen TV. The height seemed to be that of a commercial jet but this was much larger. It didn't remind me so much of a meteor as it did space junk. I guess we'll find out more about that later. It was just a coincidence that I stop at this particular time and place. I probably would not have seen it or I would not have seen as much of it if I was still in the 4Runner. Most of my report is in the report itself. So, what do you do when you see an 'event' of your own? Well, I drove all night to go looking for some gold at Rye Patch so that is what I did. That night I had to sleep. The next night I had a chance to get on the computer and ask the question 'What was that?' Where do you go, what do you do online to report something? As it turns out you go to REPORT A FIREBALL at the American Meteor Society. https://www.amsmeteors.org/ When you get there you can click on Report a Fireball. You will get asked a series of questions to describe what you saw in a technical way that will let the software develop a map of the event as you and hopefully many others saw it. You can upload pictures and video. You can also search for events from all over the world. So, I reported and I didn't see my report with the others. As it turned out there is a pending report file and if you don't state it as they are compiling it then your report will not be added. I now knew my event number was 4094 so I edited my report and it was added to the 29 others and still counting. It was a very, very neat experience. The video now posted on YouTube is only 1/100th of what I saw. I had better than a front row seat. I was in the middle and there were no heads or clouds in my way! Here is the report link: https://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2018/4094 Here is the video: https://www.amsmeteors.org/videos/?video_id=1445 Mitchel
  16. Sorry for a maybe dumb question, but just what is the draw of meteorites? I understand that it is unique and interesting but is there any other reasoning? I am not saying monetary returns but more like registeries or some acknowledgment of finds etc? Again I apologize for this if dumb. I mainly got interested in detectors for gold as I am getting a little fragile with age and no longer play like mountain goats. I am brand new to detecting but just from reading this forum I have decided coin, beach, jewelry hunting may fit me also. I understand relics and "old" items from history. But rocks from space? Now if they were large enough to mine that another story, but I would want to find it here on earth unless it fell ages ago. A dinosaur didn't like theirs. LOL Thanks, Dan
  17. http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/02/16/arizona-meteorite-fetches-record-breaking-237500-at-auction.html
  18. A US professor has established a rock used as a doorstop is actually a meteorite worth thousands of dollars. Mona Sirbescu from Central Michigan University was asked by a local man to inspect the object he had kept for 30 years after finding it on a farm. The 22lb (10kg) meteorite was the biggest the geologist had been asked to examine in her career. The rock, which came down on farmland in Edmore, Michigan, in the 1930s, could be worth $100,000 (£77,000).“ For complete article go to https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45765458
  19. For anyone in Perth, Australia area who likes to hunt for meteors it appears you have a new target. https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/giant-burning-fireball-stuns-aussies-in-western-australia/news-story/475255315b8bb8a20934655cdc6b635d There is a good video of it on that news site showing it coming down, not far from Perth.
  20. A handy FAQ from the natural History Museum about meteorites, meteors and other small celestial bodies that Earth encounters in its travels around the Sun. http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/meteorites-and-meteor-wrongs.html
  21. Got out to Holbrook Arizona to hunt Meteorites with a few friends. Ended up with 168 Grams of meteorites, a few coins and items from the railroad. Eyeballed the meteorites, and used the Equinox 800 for the items. The Equinox 800 would hear the LL/LL6 Holbrook meteorites with no discrimination. As soon as I put discrimination on, I could not hear the meteorites. I could not hunt with discrimination off because of all the trash on the side of the railroad tracks... Dave
  22. Fragments of meteorites fell in southwest China’s Yunnan Province on June 1 and two pieces fell through villagers’ house roofs while one fell on the dry ground and another one was found in a cornfield. https://www.shine.cn/viral/1806045767/
  23. Here is a good video of the meteor striking the ground turning it into many meteorites! https://www.amsmeteors.org/videos/?video_id=1222 Mitchel
  24. Many meteorite hunters prefer to search for space rocks using only their eyes to spot them on the ground. But when the area is strewn with dark colored terrestrial rocks that can mimic the look of a meteorite, relying on visual clues becomes a tough go. In the photo below, I had just found a stony meteorite exposed on the surface with my metal detector. Test your skills and see if you can spot the chondrite.
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