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#1 edwincjones

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 04:37 PM

how does one store, display, care for a meteorite?

cases?
plastic baggies?
loose in a box?

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#2 molniyabeer

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 11:39 PM

Basically, it's however you like, so long as you can assure adequate protection for them.

Most irons will eventually rust if not treated (laquer, oils, etc) or stored in a sealed container with desecant. Also, the oils on skin will promote rusting if you handle it a lot. Some stones can rust, too, so similar precaustions should be considered.

If you want to display them easily, there are a number of clear plastic cased you can use. Mike (glassthrower) has put up a thread with some great examples of cased used for sports collectibles. Flat samples also work with "riker" mounts (flat cases with a padded liner).

If you don't want to display them, bags or ziploc containers are alternatives.

When handling, try to have clean, dry hands or wear gloves. Don't store the samples in a damp or humid area (I found out the hard way with an etched Canyon Diablo iron...).

I think that's the basics and I'm sure others will have more detailed suggestions.

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Posted 22 April 2008 - 05:36 AM

How much would applying a protective barrier affect observing with a microscope? I've seen cut examples with a clearcoat applied which enhanced their beauty, but i'm wondering if it would hamper the visual aspect. Would leaving them untreated & using a desicant be an alternative as well?


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