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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6061758 - 09/03/13 10:02 PM

Ok, that first one is a little tougher. We'll come back to it in a moment.

The second photo is a "shattered crystal" of iron meteorite, probably a Campo. It might also be a Nantan.

That first one looks like a hot-desert CV3 or a CR type. My guess would be something like NWA 801 (CR2) or maybe something recent like NWA 5950 (CV3). There are a lot of new CV3's that are coming out of the NWA dense collection area now, and they all look very similar to your first photo, so it could be any of those.

Nice-looking specimens and a good variety.


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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Glassthrower]
      #6061787 - 09/03/13 10:16 PM

Thanks Michael. Yes I am picking out the ones that I like the look of and trying to get a good variety and then I need to take a break. I can't believe how quickly I have become "addicted" to these things.

This is the info I have on the first one. You got it!
This NWA 5950 CV3 carbonaceous meteorite weighs 7.3 grams! This meteorite from Northwest Africa has a provisional classification of CV3, W3-4 and was purchased in June 2009 from a dealer in Morocco. NWA 5950 has a low total known weight (TKW) of just over 11 kg.

And the 2nd one is as you suspected.
Campo Del Cielo Meteorite crystal


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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6061873 - 09/03/13 11:05 PM Attachment (16 downloads)

Guys/Gals?:

I have to stop looking at meteorites. I think I have the illness and I just bought another one and it wasn't a cheap one. I liked the look of it and it weighs 149 grams. I like those heavy ones. I can't look anymore.


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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6061889 - 09/03/13 11:15 PM Attachment (10 downloads)

Another pic. Nice matte black patina

Edited by Kent10 (09/03/13 11:15 PM)


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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6063292 - 09/04/13 07:49 PM Attachment (13 downloads)

I'm back with another Not a meteorite, I know but I liked it. I was looking on ebay and this one had a couple minutes left with no bids so I had to act fast. I liked the shape and texture and it didn't cost much. I think I read there are lots of fakes of these but I think I got one from a reputable dealer. Not sure of course.

Edited by Kent10 (09/04/13 08:44 PM)


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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6063586 - 09/04/13 11:46 PM

Great! looking specimens in this thread

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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Dave M]
      #6063628 - 09/05/13 12:18 AM

Thanks Dave. I just love this stuff.

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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6064206 - 09/05/13 11:08 AM Attachment (9 downloads)

My sickness continues. I am not going to look at any meteorites today. This one is now my most expensive by 2X and my heaviest at 204.9 grams.

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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6064208 - 09/05/13 11:09 AM Attachment (9 downloads)

Another pic

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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6066074 - 09/06/13 12:44 PM

Ok, I think you finally stumped me on that black specimen.

The second brownish iron is a nice-looking Gebel Kamil. Good score.

And that Moldavite looks stunning and genuine. I wouldn't worry about it being fake. Most of the fake Moldavite is in the form of cut/faceted "gemstones" coming out of China and the Far East.

I'm completely stumped on the black piece. It resembles some form of impact melt. It looks a little familiar, but I can't put a name on it.

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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Glassthrower]
      #6066089 - 09/06/13 12:56 PM

Yes correct on the Gebel Kamil. I really like the look of that one. I thought the Moldavite was a pretty good deal at $30 for 3.8 grams. Thanks for the reassurance.

The black piece is ... BLACK CAMPO DEL CIELO METEORITE CRYSTAL. I hadn't seen too many like this so I liked it.


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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6066105 - 09/06/13 01:07 PM

BTW, Mike, how did you know so easily it was a Gebel Kamil. What are its distinguishing characteristics? Color?

Thanks, Kent


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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6066476 - 09/06/13 04:17 PM

The leathery "reptile skin" look of the desert patina is very distinctive on Gebel Kamil. This is on the darker, smoother portions, and not the areas covered in caliche or oxidation.

This is going to sound terrible, but it gives a clue as to how my mind works - it reminds me of someone's skin who has spent too much time in a tanning booth.

I've seen a few black Campo crystals, but you are right - you don't seem them very often. Not sure why, because I think they look nifty.

$30 for a moldavite like that is a great price, especially if it doesn't have any chips or damages. If that is the case, the price is awesome.


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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Glassthrower]
      #6066558 - 09/06/13 05:15 PM

Thanks Mike. That is very interesting. I have seen some dark brown Gebel Kamils. But there is that same leathery texture.

I am receiving the moldavite from Czechoslovakia so I won't know for a while if there is damage on it. I hope not. Regardless, I wasn't planning on getting one. I have seen some really nice "hedgehog" larger ones but I noticed this one and for that price thought why not.


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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6067885 - 09/07/13 02:13 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

I couldn't resist the Gibeon.

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      #6067886 - 09/07/13 02:14 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

Or this one. Nice texture.

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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6068109 - 09/07/13 04:28 PM Attachment (8 downloads)

A couple inexpensive ones as filler since another one I am going for is coming from Germany.

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Re: Meteorites to Avoid new [Re: Kent10]
      #6068111 - 09/07/13 04:28 PM Attachment (6 downloads)

2nd one

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      #6070092 - 09/08/13 07:07 PM Attachment (5 downloads)

New one coming

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Backside


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