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#1 Observer200

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Posted 27 January 2019 - 03:33 AM

Hello, I found out some company selling some rock and claim it's real meteorite, 

ttps://www.amazon.com/Small-Genuine-Meteorites-Approx-Years/dp/B008L35FP8

Could I find a better trusted resource to be able to buy some piece of meteorite online do you think?


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Posted 27 January 2019 - 04:17 AM

Someone around here, Eastern UK, sells them and that is his businness and interest, so he is very safe/reliable. He gives talks as well but they can wander off topic.

 

Person is David Bryant and web site is: http://www.spacerocksuk.com/

No idea of the others are appear via  search but he should be fine.

 

If I recall his stuff is available via FLO (First Light Optics).


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Posted 27 January 2019 - 04:27 AM

http://www.spacerock.../lunarmars.html

How could they sell Mars rocks?



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Posted 27 January 2019 - 05:24 AM



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Posted 27 January 2019 - 09:59 AM

Moved to Space Rocks for better fit.

 

There is a very long time meteorite dealer that is a member here.  He is very honest & trustworthy.  Here's Mike's website:

 

 http://galactic-stone.com/


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Posted 27 January 2019 - 11:42 AM

Is this real meteorite? how do they sell 7 gram pieces for so cheap?

https://www.amazon.c...words=meteorite



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Posted 27 January 2019 - 03:15 PM

Is this real meteorite? how do they sell 7 gram pieces for so cheap?

https://www.amazon.c...words=meteorite

That is a Campo del Cielo iron. It's fairly common as far as meteorites go. Going market rate on those is about .50 cents per gram retail. This one probably costs a bit more because it's been fashioned into a pendant.  :)



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Posted 27 January 2019 - 03:22 PM

Yes, the legitimate vendors will sell you meteorites with provenance at a fair price. You might want to visit a library and read up on meteorites before choosing something to buy.

Why anyone would buy a specialty item from Amazon has me confused.

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Posted 27 January 2019 - 03:30 PM

There's pieces of Chelyabinsk meteorite in the classifieds

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Posted 27 January 2019 - 06:19 PM

Buying from a dealer with a good reputation assures that you get an actual meteorite.   Buying from unknown individuals or Amazon or eBay; maybe, maybe not. A dealer that's a member here, is a double bonus, such as Mike.  



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Posted 27 January 2019 - 09:49 PM

I got all mine online. I used 3 sources. Galactic Stone quoted above, www.meteoritemarket.com and http://www.kdmeteorites.com 

 

KD has very nice $$$$ stuff. So does Meteorite Market. Galactic stone has nice but smaller samples but also less costly.



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Posted 28 January 2019 - 09:16 AM

   Buying from unknown individuals or Amazon or eBay; maybe, maybe not. A dealer that's a member here, is a double bonus, such as Mike.  

 

Please do not dismiss eBay as a source of legitimate specimens. There are many dealers there with a long and unblemished record of selling authentic meteorites. As with any listing on eBay, check the record of the seller. eBay does very little about fraudulent items in general, but if considering buying from a seller who sells only (at least mostly) meteorites, has been doing so for years, with nothing but positive feedback, you're pretty safe. When buying from anyone, anywhere, without a well regarded reputation, you need to educate yourself about the material in question. Know what the real thing looks like and how it should be priced. And yes, Mike is highly recommended.

 

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 11:26 AM

Please do not dismiss eBay as a source of legitimate specimens. There are many dealers there with a long and unblemished record of selling authentic meteorites. As with any listing on eBay, check the record of the seller. eBay does very little about fraudulent items in general, but if considering buying from a seller who sells only (at least mostly) meteorites, has been doing so for years, with nothing but positive feedback, you're pretty safe. When buying from anyone, anywhere, without a well regarded reputation, you need to educate yourself about the material in question. Know what the real thing looks like and how it should be priced. And yes, Mike is highly recommended.

 

Lee

 

 

As are you,

https://www.ebay.com...lee1414&_sop=10

 

and the Big Kahuna.

https://www.ebay.com...on&LH_PrefLoc=2

 

!!


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Posted 28 January 2019 - 12:03 PM

Thank you mark8888!

 

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 12:12 PM

Thank you mark8888!

 

Lee

 

An easy call, I bought a couple of great ones from you a few years ago.  Including a space rock very similar to the 23g Canyon Diablo on sale now.  One like that belongs in every collection.  grin.gif


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Posted 28 January 2019 - 01:16 PM

meteroids look so nice, thank you everyone. I didn't know Space Rocks category existed before I posted, I took your time but I have more knowledge now.



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Posted 28 January 2019 - 01:28 PM

Now let's see if my wallet can handle it lol.gif bow.gif


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Posted 28 January 2019 - 02:46 PM

meteroids look so nice, thank you everyone. I didn't know Space Rocks category existed before I posted, I took your time but I have more knowledge now.

Feel free to post pics of anything you may be considering, it's better to lose out on a sale than to buy something in haste that turns out to be bogus. The piece at Amazon is certainly a Campo del Cielo as mentioned above. It is an example of material commonly referred to as a Campo del Cielo crystal, and is generally obtained by cooling a large specimen in liquid nitrogen and shattering it with a sledge hammer. Large Campos can still be found for 20 cents per gram, so while this technique can certainly be profitable, it's not exactly elegant.

 

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 03:30 PM

can we say thsi is %100 meteorite? Like, it's not a stone that he found somewhere and believes it's a meteorite? :D

http://www.kdmeteori...tesForSale.html



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Posted 28 January 2019 - 03:46 PM

I brought many meteorites from KD and their stuff is authentic. I have some Mundrabilia from them. But I'm surprised you didn't get this one ;)

 

http://www.kdmeteori...ce399.3gms.html


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Posted 28 January 2019 - 03:47 PM

These would be genuine. They look just like Mundrabillas would be expected to look, and if you cut one open, polished and etched the surfaces, the Widmanstatten pattern characteristic of Mundrabillas would be revealed. The etch pattern itself (there's a section just on etched pieces at the site) itself is diagnostic of iron meteorites in general. The pattern is a result of two different nickel-iron crystal species, formed as the parent body cooled slowly over millions of years. It's not something that can be duplicated artificially. Most, but not all, iron meteorites display the pattern, with the relative amounts of nickel and iron largely determining the appearance.

 

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 04:25 PM

If I was in United States, I would go search meteorites myself for hours with second hand equipment. I don't know if it's possible to find some in my country, or how hard it is... I want something that I could at least carry in my pocket. R.I.P. to my wallet :D

I will research later, about where exactly could they be found. It sounds like searching Dinosaur fossils...



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Posted 28 January 2019 - 04:39 PM

If I was in United States, I would go search meteorites myself for hours with second hand equipment. I don't know if it's possible to find some in my country, or how hard it is... I want something that I could at least carry in my pocket. R.I.P. to my wallet laugh.gif

I will research later, about where exactly could they be found. It sounds like searching Dinosaur fossils...

Meteorites fall every where. You can go to Russia and search for Sikhote Alin or Chelyabinsk. Cheaper to fly to Morocco and search the desert, any black rock in the desert would have a possibility of being a meteorite :)



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Posted 28 January 2019 - 08:22 PM

Just keep in mind, after your 1st, you won't be able to resist buying more.  Like eating potato chips.  It is an amazing adventure, if costly.



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Posted 29 January 2019 - 07:17 AM

What are some good books/websites/podcasts/other references to begin my education on this?

 

Thanks,

 

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