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About sundownr

  • Birthday 09/21/1941

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    Southeast New Mexico (Roswell)
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    Computers/Electronics, Billiards and Meteorite Hunting

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  1. Thanks for the information guys... I understood Roosevelt County is better but with so much private land it is hard to search without trespassing. Fort Sumner (De Baca County) has a good state park with electricity and water with lots of open BLM land. That is why I wanted to check it out. Granted it may be a dry run but being old and decrepit I just enjoy getting out. sundownr
  2. Can anybody give me a hint where to search for meteorites in De Baca County, New Mexico? Thanks. sundownr
  3. This article was copied from CNN... If it's clear where you are on Monday night, bundle up, head outside and look up. One of the best meteor showers of the year will peak on Dec. 13. The Geminid meteor shower, which returns every December as the Earth passes through a debris trail from asteroid 3200 Phaethon, is usually one of the year's best celestial shows. Between 11 pm local time Monday and sunrise Tuesday morning, you may see one or two shooting stars per minute under clear dark skies. Even in areas with a lot of light pollution, the brightest meteors should be clear and sharp. Part of what makes the Geminids so spectacular is that they travel more slowly than meteors from other showers. They can take several seconds to blaze across the sky, and sometimes leave a brief trail of glowing smoke. The Geminids get their name because they appear to fly from near the stars Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini. From the northern hemisphere, Gemini is in the eastern sky in the evening and high overhead after midnight. Other famous meteor showers, like the Perseids in August and the Leonids in November, have been observed for hundreds or thousands of years. But the Geminids showed up suddenly in the 1860s. It took astronomers another 120 years to figure out that the asteroid 3200 Phaethon was the shooting stars' source. Most meteor showers are linked to the debris left in the wake of a comet, but the Geminids were the first to be connected to an asteroid, suggesting that 3200 Phaethon may actually be an extinct comet. To check when the best viewing times are in your area, check out this flux calculator applet developed by two meteor hunters at the SETI Institute. sundownr
  4. Brad Copy and paste the below url into the search box on Googlemaps. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=California&sfor=places&ants=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=1000&map=ge&browse=&country=United+States&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&snew=0&pnt=Normal%20table&dr=&page=0&goog=yes&dense= Good hunting... sundownr
  5. This meteorite hunter's plane goes down in the Amazon killing all on board except for the meteorite hunter. As the hunter was digging himself out of the plane wreckage he noticed a very large group of fierce natives surrounding the crash site. The hunter thought to himself, "Boy am I screwed", then a big booming voice came out of the sky and said, "Your not screwed. Kill the chief". With that the hunter, believing he had no other choices, picked up a big rock and killed the chief. Thinking all was over and his life was saved (even though the natives were now in a rage) the big booming voice came back and said, "Now you are screwed". sundownr
  6. Here is a map of Minnesota meteorites. Paste the below url into the search box on Google Maps. http://www.lpi.usra....goog=yes&dense= Looks like slim pickings in Minnesota... sundownr
  7. Jimmy Your not alone for 'cold finds' in SE New Mexico. I have searched all around the Roswell area and found nothing. Paste the bellow URL into the search box on Google Maps and it will show you all classified meteorites (New Mexico) listed by the Meteorological Society. http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/metbull.php?sea=new+mexico&sfor=places&ants=&falls=&valids=&stype=contains&lrec=500&map=ge&browse=&country=United+States&srt=name&categ=All&mblist=All&rect=&phot=&snew=0&pnt=Normal%20table&dr=&page=0&goog=yes&dense= You can click on any blue marker and get detailed information. Good hunting... sundownr
  8. If I had fields to work it would take minor changes to pull the coil behind a farm implement while working the field. In fact I would make the coil much wider. The coil I have now is small (40 inches in width) so it will fit into the back of pickup truck. Believe me the coil works as well as any good metal detector coil should. The electronics I built from a electronic kit I found online. And yes... the whole point of dragging coils is to save time and walking. The only problem is you need smooth ground to work with and few trees or shrubs. Most pastures would be an ideal place to drag a coil. Good hunting... sundownr
  9. Del I went to http://www.gpsvisual...orm=googleearth and converted your gpx file into a klm file then pasted the url of the klm file into the search box on Google Maps. Here is the url to paste ====> http://www.gpsvisual...orm=googleearth Except for the markers your map is very similar to the what the Meteorological Society has posted. I have included a pix of your map and the Meteorological Society map for comparison. Google Maps has some amazing stuff once you learn how to use it... perfect for meteorite hunters. Your welcome to stay in my RV if you visit Roswell... problem is, according to your maps, we would have to drive a ways to get into known meteorite country. sundownr
  10. Check this out... it is a Google map of New Mexico listing all classified meteorites on record with the Meteorological Society. Click on any blue marker for information. Go to Google Maps then copy and paste the below url into the search box. http://www.lpi.usra....goog=yes&dense= Anybody can do this for any state in the US. For the bee bee hunters in Arizona try this url :hahaha: :hahaha: :hahaha: http://www.lpi.usra....goog=yes&dense= Thanks again Del... as far as mapping goes it does not get any better than this. :thumbsupanim The pix below is a copy of what you will see on Google Maps. sundownr
  11. Bedrock if you have the time and information come on down and I will put you up in my RV and we will do some serious meteorite hunting. In exchange for the information and field training maybe I can teach you how to play serious nine ball. Del... thanks for the link. Looks like a great resource. I wish the information was in a excel spreadsheet so it would be easier to sort out but it is good stuff none-the-less. sundownr
  12. First things first... the coil so light it barely leaves a mark and I do not drive over vegetation just sandy hard pan or dry lake beds. The ATV tires leave more marks than coil. As for meteorites the small kind do not impress me. I was born and raised in Arizona and familiar with the landscape. Gold Basin and Franconia are not are to find. This is where I would go if I really enjoyed finding the small stuff. Note my coil can see a fairly large iron object at nearly 3 feet and I am satisfied with that depth. If I wanted to go deeper I know how to do it. As for finding the terrain to pull a coil over that is not easy in New Mexico so much of the time my wife and just walk around using sticks with magnets duck tapped to the end. We also use our metal detectors on the side of county roads where the graders have stacked the rock. Our favorite search area is exactly where the aliens landed some 60 years back. Our biggest problem is we can not find any solid research in our local area so we are always searching blind. Finding the one big meteorite is my life's ambition and I enjoy chasing a phantom and especially building the electronics. I would like to report on my last outing I did find several dozen pellet size meteorites very similar to what Bedrock Bob was describing. I also sent them to UNM for classification. I have a hard time believing UNM returned them with such a nasty note. I do want to thank Bedrock Bob for making me aware of these new kind of meteorites. Note Bedrock when I tried to melt these pellets down the neighbors called the cops because of the foul aroma. sundownr
  13. Paseclipse You are propbably right. I haven't used this coil enough to evaluate its use under different conditions. My real point was how to cover more ground in less time. Also note my primary targets are very large iron/nickle meteorites. If I can find just 1 in my lifetime I will be happy as my dog when she eats pizza or ice cream. sundownr
  14. Here is a pix of my friend Stanley on my ATV. Note coil behind ATV and PI detector hanging on Stanley's neck. Our system works like this... I walk along and Stanley keeps circling me. When Stanley hears a bleep we check it out. Given the coil is 40 inches wide and the ATV moves at 5-10 mph we can cover a lot of ground in a few hours. The sensitivity is no better or no worse than a standard metal detector. This system works great on smooth surfaces (dry lake beds)... rough surfaces are a different story. Note I can also control this ATV remotely or using GPS tracking. sundownr
  15. Best post I have ever seen... you made my day. sundownr
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