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    Oct 26, 2017, 1:41 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #26

    My Bondoc Mesosiderite Sphere Rough

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    Oct 31, 2017, 7:01 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #27

    I started to process a 2500 gram Sikhote Alin end cut

    Here is a video of one of many cuts I made which yeilded a 443 gram end cut





    This is what the 2 pieces looks like








    Here is the 443 gram end cut. It's 3.5: wide by 2.25" tall








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    Nov 1, 2017, 7:09 AM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #28

    This may be the coolest thing I've ever seen. Kudos man, that's really awesome.
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    Nov 2, 2017, 2:05 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #29

    Thanks, I think it's cool too


    The second cut produced a 163 gram 2-part end cut that is really cool










    One corner separated along a crystal boundary but it stays together when displayed, here is quick video of it









    The third cut produced a 359 gram end cut and a smaller 15 gram end cut / fragment that separated during the cutting process.





    I hate to brag about my cutting process but this is a fresh cut and you can see the fragments reflection in the face of each part.

    A .030" / 1mm blade kerf and virtually no sanding of the faces is why I have such low cut loss








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    Nov 3, 2017, 1:09 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #30

    Fourth and final cut





    So the initial process to turn the 2504 gram end cut that a Met list member named Derek sent to me for processing is complete

    With my current work schedule it took about 5 days making one cut per day.

    Here are some pics of the processed material












    We ended up with the following


    A – 262 gram end cut with 5 cut faces

    B – 358 gram end cut with 3 cut faces

    C – 163 gram end cut with 3 cut faces

    D – 443 gram true end cut, single cut face, this is the nicest end cut of the lot

    E – 14 gram fragment consisting of what looks like 2 crystals






    My sphere rough weighs 1126 grams and Dmitry is going to earn his money if he gets a 50mm sphere for this rough because it is tight.

    We had an initial cut loss of 138 grams or right around 5% so that’s good
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    Nov 4, 2017, 11:25 AM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #31

    Got my meteor piece! Thanks!

    I love it and holding something that has traveled in our universe just makes me smile.
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    Nov 4, 2017, 3:04 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #32

    Moviefreak said: View Post
    Got my meteor piece! Thanks!

    I love it and holding something that has traveled in our universe just makes me smile.

    What size did did you buy? I've got a 55g one on the way to me.
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    Nov 4, 2017, 4:09 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #33

    Gimpdiggity said: View Post
    What size did did you buy? I've got a 55g one on the way to me.
    I got a 30 gram one. It is very cool. You will love yours!
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    Nov 4, 2017, 7:59 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #34

    All 3 Sikhote Alin end cuts with their initial etch, the one in the center is 3.5" wide to give you an idea of the size of these


    I have used both nitol and ferric chloride in the past to etch SA, but my FC won’t be here till Monday.

    Once I have that I will heat these up and do a quick wash with the FC and follow that with a light nitol etch to make it sparkle.


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    Nov 9, 2017, 11:46 AM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #35

    I received my 2.4 kilo NWA 8529 H-6 Chondrite yesterday and processed it into my sphere rough today.

    The good, it was quite fragmented but I was able to find the most solid area to cut my rough from.

    The bad, the cube does have some cracks and I hope Dmitry can stabilize it before he makes it into a sphere PLUS it’s BROWN and I’m kind of sick of brown spheres.





    The 2.4 Kilo Whole Specimen












    Here it is on the saw, which was just big enough to process this whole specimen









    My 57mm (oversized) Sphere Rough








    The remaining cuts, the top left end cut is the only piece that stayed together which is ironic because I thought it would fall to pieces due to all of the fragments

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    Nov 10, 2017, 1:55 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #36

    Very cool hobby! I assume you buy from established community members but you did mention Ebay as well. How does a buyer know it is an ACTUAL space rock before handling it in person?
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    Nov 10, 2017, 5:28 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #37

    You look at their feed back rating and their other auctions

    If someone posts a single "Ultra Rare" meteorite for tens of thousands of dollars then you pretty much know they are full of it


    You also have the IMCA (International Meteorite Collectors Assc) and it helps if they are a member.

    I'm 9142
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    Nov 11, 2017, 1:36 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #38

    I decided to repair one of the 2 pentagon shaped slices that separated during the cutting process

    I wasn’t to hard to repair and it looks fantastic with a polish.






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    Nov 13, 2017, 12:21 AM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #39

    I'm sending some material to Russia to get made into spheres so I replaced the Bondoc Sphere Rough with the Iron Sikhote Alin that I quickly etched



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    Nov 13, 2017, 5:17 AM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #40

    Those metallics are amazing .. actually they are all kind of amazing !
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    Nov 16, 2017, 1:45 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #41

    Thanks

    I'm getting ready to process the 2 Sikhote Alin end cuts that have not sold yet

    This will produce some awesome slices but it will diminish the size of the end cuts (obviously) which is a shame because the size of the widmanstatten pattern of this so large that you need a large surface to appreciate it.

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    Nov 21, 2017, 1:00 AM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #42

    Received my pieces today. So cool! Thanks!

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    4 Weeks Ago  Jan 17, 2018, 5:19 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #43

    Gordon Gekko said: View Post
    Well, I didn't get a sphere as my first meteorite purchase, but how was I going to resist a Campo del Cielo shaped like a tiny 49 gm Star Destroyer?

    Attachment 765971

    If I go into debt doing this, you know who I'm blaming!
    Love the Star Destroyer!

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    I love this and will have to pick up some budget pieces!
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    4 Weeks Ago  Jan 17, 2018, 6:53 PM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #44

    Wow your collection is so awesome! I didnt know you could buy Meteorites at all, but thats a pretty impressive collection you've built.
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    3 Weeks Ago  Jan 22, 2018, 12:15 AM - Re: Presenting my Meteroite Collection #45

    My end cuts also arrived a few days ago. They've traveled millions of miles through the universe, and another couple of thousand from the US to the UK.

    Many thanks for packing them up and shipping them safely. Very pleased indeed.

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