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  1. You are absolutely right about ONE thing Jim. We come from two very different worlds. And I believe (perhaps naively) that I can change them, with the help of LOTS of people. So far you've said about me: I'm preaching to the choir: No, I'm having a discussion with fellow meteorite hunters about an important issue on a meteorite hunting and collecting forum. Seems like a no brainer to me. Then again I'm preaching to the choir. I'm doing it wrong: Really? There's a rule book for what we're all doing here? I'm wasting my time: Really? I don't think I am. Sorry you feel that way. You accuse me of
  2. Hi Jim, Without getting into a pissing contest with you, I still think your accusation is irresponsible. Maybe I'm taking it too seriously or the wrong way, but to make a blanket accusation against all the reputable rock and gem dealers and the City of Tucson for illegal trade at the Tucson show, whether directly or indirectly isn't cool. The burden of proof is on the accuser. This is a public forum. You write something that could be considered an accusation of corruption and conspiracy against particular group of people, and then you ask me if I'm a lawyer? There are many reputable rock and g
  3. Forgive me, but it seems that accusing the city of Tucson of $100 Million dollars of illegal trade isn't very wise. Are you really saying that Jim? Am I reading that wrong? I think the dollar figure you're talking about includes sales by dealers of perfectly legal rocks, minerals and fossils. Seems pretty irresponsible to accuse anyone of illegal trade without proof. Not to mention the bad idea of including it in a discussion about meteorites which draws an unrelated negative correlation. That's just plain "less than smart" in my opinion. Your post paints a dark picture. Many reputable people
  4. I starting writing and couldn't stop. ;) Instead of posting the whole thing here and taking up too much room, please read my response to this thread and question here: http://www.meteoritesusa.com/meteorite-articles/meteorite-law-usa/ Thanks, and I welcome your comments. Regards, Eric
  5. Ben's right... I think most meteorite hunters will agree, it's important to take a photo of the meteorite find before you remove it from it's resting place, even though that may not be where it originally landed. It's also a good educational image for visual ID to help "train" your eye to see meteorites in the field. Regards, Eric
  6. Thanks for the post, and the kind words Dale. I've received many private emails from lots of people within the community and I'm flattered and humbled by the outpouring of support. If you haven't yet seen the magazine yet. Please feel free to take a look here: Free Preview Premiere Issue Digital Preview: http://www.mhcmagazine.com/current-issue/july-2010/ (email for password) Thank you all for your support and encouragement! Regards, Eric
  7. UPDATE: The Digital Edition is LIVE online! Read The Digital Edition To view the online version send me a private message or email and I'll send you the password. If you like it, please feel free to SUBSCRIBE and leave a comment. mention this post, and get 10% off your subscription. Feedback on the mag is welcomed and encouraged. (note: people who subscribe after July 31st will start their subscription with the September issue; You can still enjoy July's premiere online through our Digital Edition) POST YOUR EVENTS: Meteorite hunting season is coming up FAST. If you have an hunt, event or outi
  8. No... You didn't miss the main mass. It's not on this map and won't be included on this map unless accurate coordinates are given. The reported location was ambiguous. Thanks for the kudos... Eric
  9. A "How To" article on eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6734286_hunt-meteorites-public-land.html Figured this might be relevant to some of the topics we've been discussing lately. Regards, Eric
  10. As promised, the WI Meteorite Strewnfield Map has been listed on my site and is available for viewing and download. http://www.meteoritesusa.com/meteorite-articles/wisconsin-meteorite-strewnfield-map/ After much work and the combined efforts of countless meteorite hunters, collectors, dealers and scientist’s data. The Wisconsin Meteorite Strewnfield Map is done (more coordinates will be added as they come in). This is a work in progress. Thanks go out to all those who've contributed to help build the most accurate publicly available map of the Wisconsin meteorite strewnfield known to date. Mor
  11. We now have an official website. http://www.mhcmagazine.com/ Browse around, take a look. Subscribe even. Enjoy... Regards, Eric
  12. Hi Daryl, You're welcome for the info, and so sorry for not responding to your email from the Met-List. I must have missed it. I literally get hundreds of emails "per day" I have to sift through, totally my fault for missing it. I wasn't ignoring you. If you have any questions, just send them over, and I'll try to help as best I can, if I can;t answer something, I'll refer you to someone who can. I'm always available to help. Talk to you soon... Fred, Where's my neighbor? ;) You live close to Escondido? L.A. maybe? ;) I know there's a more of us meteorite huntin' types down these parts on SoCa
  13. Yes, "Wet" tile saws will cut meteorites. They have a built-in "cheap" coolant system (water) and they're an inexpensive alternative to expensive lapidary equipment. Stone meteorites technically are just rocks with little bits of iron in them, so a good wet tile or masonry saw will cut them with ease, only your blades will dull just a little bit faster is all due to the iron. Which is the case with any saw blade you use for cutting meteorites. A wet tile saw works, but throw away the blade that came with it. The cut loss is too great on the factory blades. Don't EVER use them unless you don't
  14. Hi John, Ditto! I was pleasantly surprised with your call enjoyed the conversation. You truly are knowledgeable. You gave me some perspectives that I hadn't looked at yet, and thanks for sharing your stories with me and congrats again on the asteroid! I remember hearing about it a while back, but hearing it from you added unique insight. The PLP might be a good idea, not familiar with them. Perhaps they could do something to help. I do hope though it doesn't come down to having to defend some poor guy/gal who gets arrested or cited on this issue. Like I said to you on the phone, I think gettin
  15. Curious why ASU didn't want the coordinates of Franconia meteorites under 100g? Sounds fair... I think recording coordinates should be "required", but only if there is an allowance for the finders ownership of the meteorite. It's best practices of meteorite hunting, and it provides accurate data. But this will only work if the fear of losing your meteorite to the government disappears. Regards, Eric
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