I just wanted to stick my head in the door here and say that initially I didn't know whether I'd be reading a great or a mediocre forum. I'm happy to say that I've seen enough examples of professionalism and knowledge of meteorites to convince me that this one is definitely worth coming back to and you have a forum you can be proud of.
My first hobby in my adult life was astronomy, followed by meteorites, metal detecting, bottle collecting and finally back to astronomy again. When I saw that CN had a space rocks forum I was pleasantly surprised, and reading some of the threads here has brought back some old and favored memories. I recently started a project, organizing and cataloguing my small and long-neglected meteorite collection, something I should have done years ago, and it has been a trip down memory lane. Looking at some of them again after so long has rekindled my dormant interest in these true extraterrestrials.
Anyway, long story short, my fascination and obsession with meteorites started long ago and I'm happy to realize that they're definitely not over yet. My purpose is to offer whatever help I can to those considering a hobby in which it's often difficult to determine whether the object of our search is even authentic. I'm no scientist and certainly not an expert of any kind but I do have some practical experience that may be helpful, primarily to beginners.
So far my 'education' in meteorites has come from an excellent book by O. Richard Norton and several by H. H. Nininger along with a number of other limited sources. My visits here may be infrequent but I look forward to sharing experiences and knowledge with fellow meteorite hunters and collectors.
My best to all,