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  1. On another note, I'm curious as to how much the Coyote Dry Lakes meteorites vary in appearance. I was out there recently with a friend looking, and only found some possible OC that look different than the ones pictured in other posts above. I noticed that the ones listed in the Met. Bull. vary from H4-H6 to L6 to LL6. Do the LL6 & L6 look different in their general exterior appearance? Here is a photo of one possible OC that I windowed. It is a natural stone (not slag) that tested to have some nickel content with a home test. the metal flecks are scattered across the piece, as seen in
  2. I would love to join any of you guys at Coyote Dry Lake of Stuart Valley, or other locations. My # is (nine zero nine) 557-5515, and I'm local to the area (Redlands, CA). I've been out at Franconia multiple times with success, but have soooo much to learn still. Thanks.
  3. The excitement of your day carried across well in your story. I'm all pumped up now to make a run out to the desert! Beautiful find!
  4. Thanks Mike, and Jim. I've started checking on the XRF test. Do you know what would be a good price for this test? Also, how big of a sample is needed? Jim, yes, I'm Jim Winn's buddy. He has been a great teacher, adding to my success. I used his Gold Bug 1 on the first 2 trips and then I bought a Gold Bug 2 for my 3rd trip to Franconia. I have the etching solution, and did try etching these with no success (which strongly leans toward a meteor-wrong). I know that because these are small, the lines may not be apparent, and that rare iron types won't show the lines. Note: one photo shows t
  5. Thanks Mikestang and Chris Coffee. The texture on these and the shape of the first one matches many of the Franconia Iron Meteorites that I've seen (which doesn't mean that it is a meteorite). Unfortunately I see no characteristics (like roll over lips, etc.) to help prove an iton or man made features to disprove an iron. It is good to hear about the "iron" (probable non iron) that you found Chris as a comparison. I had run the home nickel test to rule out the obvious no nickel/meteorite-wrong (knowing that it would not prove it to be a meteorite), and so I don't have a % of nickel. Do ei
  6. I'm fairly new at meteorite collecting (3 two day trips to Franconia over the last 2 years with success on each day with irons, OC, and ablation/micro meteorite spheres). Recently I took my God Bug 2 out to an area about a half hour from Lavic, CA in the Mojave Desert to look for cold finds. I found the 2 possible irons (see 2 photos for each one). They tested high in nickel and are extremely magnetic, but I could not get any Widmanstatten lines from etching them. I know that because these are small, the lines may not be apparent, and that rare iron types won't show the lines. Note: one pho
  7. Just out of curiosity, when back lit with a light can you find a section that is transparent enough to see light through? If so is the rock black or dark green in thin section when back lit? Most U. S. obsidians will be black (but not all) and most tektites that I've seen from various locations are colored. Even tektites (that I've seen) that appear black in color will actually be a deep green when a thin piece is back lit. If your rock is green when back lit, then check the obsidian found in that area (if you know the area) to see if its' back lit color comes close to your rock's.
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