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#1 ebusinesstutor

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Posted 29 August 2018 - 10:52 PM

Can anyone suggest some reputable sources for purchasing meteorites? Websites, eBay sellers, etc?

 



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Posted 29 August 2018 - 11:57 PM

Astromart actually has a meteorite category in their Classifieds. I bought a nice 39-lb Campo there from an IMCA member. Included profuse background certification, formal appraisal and even photographic documentation of its particular distinguishing features! The concept of a "used meteorite" has always amused me. Maybe they should be called "pre-enjoyed" like the TV ads for used cars?  Tom

 

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 05:36 AM

You need to do background checks on the dealers, see how long they've been involved in the business, how many shows they attend etc. I had a negative experience with an IMCA member so that doesn't guarantee anything. And being a lurker on a mailing list has opened my eyes to the fact that this field seems to attract a disproportionate number of cranks. Trust your better judgment is my advice.



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Posted 30 August 2018 - 06:58 AM

There are many reliable dealers both on eBay, and off the site. Unfortunately even 100% feedback is no longer a guarantee of reliability there, because the system doesn't necessarily reflect the true sales history, and eBay does absolutely nothing about fraudulent listings. There are plenty of reliable dealers there, but the ones with a long history and close to 100% feedback are the best bet. Apart from eBay there are numerous high quality dealers, but again, you should become familiar with their history and what buyers have to say. There are also occasional 'dealers' who present with very impressive websites, but the material they are promoting is entirely fraudulent. The best advice is to educate yourself in advance of any purchase. Know something about the variety you are considering, it's appearance, and monetary value. There are a number of groups on Facebook you could take a look at for a source of dealers, as well as what to avoid.

 

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 03:51 PM

Astromart actually has a meteorite category in their Classifieds. I bought a nice 39-lb Campo there from an IMCA member. Included profuse background certification, formal appraisal and even photographic documentation of its particular distinguishing features! The concept of a "used meteorite" has always amused me. Maybe they should be called "pre-enjoyed" like the TV ads for used cars?  Tom

My pride has been completely eclipsed!

 

After being an avid visual observer for more than sixty years, I finally bought my first-ever meteorite last year -- an iron, medium octahedrite IIIAB from Henbury, Northern Territory, Australia -- from an IMCA member on eBay.

 

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I have it proudly displayed in an acrylic case on my desk... and viewing it from the angle in my photo, its longest dimension is about 25mm. Its actual longest dimension is 30mm... and it weighs a massive 23.3 grams.  lol.gif

 

That specimen of yours is unbelievable!


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Posted 30 August 2018 - 04:16 PM

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 05:09 PM

My pride has been completely eclipsed!

 

After being an avid visual observer for more than sixty years, I finally bought my first-ever meteorite last year -- an iron, medium octahedrite IIIAB from Henbury, Northern Territory, Australia -- from an IMCA member on eBay.

 

attachicon.gif Henbury Meteorite - C-N.jpg

 

I have it proudley displayed in an acryllic case on my desk... and viewing it from the angle in my photo, its longest dimension is about 25mm. Its actual longest dimension is 30mm... and it weighs a massive 23.3 grams.  lol.gif

 

That specimen of yours is unbelievable!

Yours is cool, too!

 

I made the display case for mine. It comprises a lazy susan, custom-blown lid and WWII new-old-stock porthole glass for the base! I figure the profuse documentation is as valuable as the meteorite! "Museum-Quality!"

 

On cloudy nights, I stay up watching Star Trek reruns, eating popcorn, meteorite in my lap... petting it.  Tom

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#8 John Gauvreau

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 07:59 PM

Tom, that is awesome!  



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Posted 08 September 2018 - 09:41 AM

I bought tiny little pebble sized meteorite from a telescope store. I would like to believe they are real. Anyway to visually tell? Also both of the posted meteorites are awesome. Love the custom case!



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Posted 08 September 2018 - 10:44 AM

I bought tiny little pebble sized meteorite from a telescope store. I would like to believe they are real. Any way to visually tell? Also both of the posted meteorites are awesome. Love the custom case!

Thanks! Obviously, mine pales in comparison to Tom's... but to hold a chunk of primordial material that's as old as our solar system in the palm of your hand, is just mesmerizing.

 

Regarding visual assessment -- and just an overall greater understanding of these pieces of former stardust -- I bought used copies of these books, immediately after receiving my little octahedrite:

 

Meteorites: A Journey through Space and Time

 

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Rocks from Space: Meteorites and Meteorite Hunters

 

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Meteorites

 

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 07:35 AM

Ray (107) is in Canada an offers up a slew of Meteors and accessories from time to time.

Drop him a line and see what he has to offer!



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 01:13 AM

I have a great collection of meteorites that I bought from various Cloudy Nights sources, but the best fellow I’ve come across is Ray Watts (107 on Cloudy Nights) from Canada. Very honest, an IMCA member (International Meteorite Collectors Association #6289), and you can buy from him with a certain degree of confidence. In fact, Ray claims that anything he sells is guaranteed for life! I would like to add that Ray is also a moderator on Facebook for the Meteorite group . . . he has written newspaper articles and has been in articles regarding Meteorites. He’s huge into outreach with Meteorites, has done presentations with various groups and even a three-month museum display. He was recently asked to join forces with a couple professors from Western University in London Ontario, Canada to run an identification clinic for the Hagersville Meteorite .. (a true honor!).

 

Hope that helps!



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Posted 23 October 2018 - 03:28 PM

Agree completely, you can buy with confidence from Ray Watts.  He is great to deal with and a really good guy.  




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