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Hi all,

Group Meteorite Hunt - Franconia (part one) is now public.

(Unfortunately, the mere act of uploading a video to youtube means it will loose so much resolution and it seems to be getting worse. Hopefully that won't always be the case.)

Anyway, this video showcases the hunting skills/finds of Del Waterbury, Paul Desilets, Billy Wetzel, and Myself.

However, Rick, Jim, Mike, Stan, Nate and more also appear in this video.

Part two highlights finds by Jim, Stan, Mike, Billy and Wife as well as others...

http://www.meteorite-times.com/meteorite_frame.htm

(then click on Ruben's Hunting Grounds)

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqRTtO-GZpo

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Hey Ruben,

Once again great job with the video. Its nice to see some of the guys putting in the long hours hunting the beauties get alittle face time. We all cant step out of our trucks and trip over meteorites like you. :laught16: (although were getting close :innocent0002: :innocent0009: ) Thanks for all that you do my friend.

Paul

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Excellent job Ruben! Good music too. :cool04: I think thats the first time I've seen Paul pop one out UNDER 100 grams! :laught16: :bowdown:

Thanks for the opportunity to be in your video Ruben! :yourock:

Del

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Great job Ruben. :whoopie: Now my friends can maybe get an idea what I do when I go out into the desert with Del for a couple of days at a time. I always get that "You look for what?" :nutty: look from the guys working in casinos here in Vegas. Little do they know.

Mahalo for the chance to be in your video and can hardly wait for part 2.

Aloha,

Stan aka Ka'imi

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Ruben,

Good job, well put together. :whoopie: It is amazing the amount of material that has come from that sweet area. Judging from the amount of erosion in that little drainage, I would not be surprised if there isn`t at least another 5 or 6 thousand grams buried right in the area where the vehicles were parked. Both sides of that drainage yielded many nice size pieces as well as some nice irons up to 12 grams.

Looking forward to part 2.

Jim

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Ruben,

Good job, well put together. :whoopie: It is amazing the amount of material that has come from that sweet area. Judging from the amount of erosion in that little drainage, I would not be surprised if there isn`t at least another 5 or 6 thousand grams buried right in the area where the vehicles were parked. Both sides of that drainage yielded many nice size pieces as well as some nice irons up to 12 grams.

Looking forward to part 2.

Jim

Once I get my Goldmax Sierra coil back from Whites I will give this area a test for a day or two and let you know what I find. Hopefully with this coil I should be able to save myself about 8-10 miles of hiking to an area not pounded by everyone.

Yes Jim, I have to thank you and Del for hammering me about using the big coil. The last day Del and I were out at Franconia I used his coil and "HOT darn" his coil did not make all the noise mine was making. I just sent my coil in to Whites for repair/replacement as per Todd Marshall of Whites. Once I get it back all I can say is "Watch out Franconia".

Aloha,

Stan aka Kaimi

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Yes Jim, I have to thank you and Del for hammering me about using the big coil. The last day Del and I were out at Franconia I used his coil and "HOT darn" his coil did not make all the noise mine was making. I just sent my coil in to Whites for repair/replacement as per Todd Marshall of Whites. Once I get it back all I can say is "Watch out Franconia".

Told you Stan! :laught16: I wish I would have known earlier you had a messed up coil because you could have been using mine the whole time. Gotta say buddy, you've got the patience of a saint to hunt for 6 days straight with a coil that's giving you false signals! I would have chucked that coil across the field the first day out there after a few hours!

Hey Ruben, I'm looking forward to the articles and the next video now. Again like the music, I'll have to find some tracks by Styper to see how they sound. I fancy myself a Metallica man. They've been my group since 1986 when I read an article about them in one of my Thrasher Skateboard magazines. A few years back I took a few weeks off of work to go and follow them around California and Nevada. It was an experience of a lifetime that darn near almost killed me.

Del

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Hey Guys,

I was just thinking. I remember when I knew just about every real meteorite hunter around. Now days there are so many I can't even count them all. I get emails everyday from wanna be hunters asking how to get started. I have a feeling that this is gonna get big very soon!!

Ruben

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Hey Guys,

I was just thinking. I remember when I knew just about every real meteorite hunter around. Now days there are so many I can't even count them all. I get emails everyday from wanna be hunters asking how to get started. I have a feeling that this is gonna get big very soon!!

Ruben

Hey Ruben, does it seem like the popularity of this hobby has been gathering momentum over the past few years to you?

Del

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Hey Del,

If you could only see the number of emails I get from wanna be meteorite hunters- i get quite a few. Ya, I think it will grow more and more - hopfully someone will find a new strewnfield soon..

So which type of hunting do you think is more popular, dry lake bed hunting or metal detecting? I see your dry lake bed hunting video has over 10,000 hits on it.

Maybe it will turn into the same thing as gold hunting- 10% of the people make 90% of the finds.

I know one thing, I love this so far and I'm here to stay! I'm just glad I got a little bit of a head start on everyone else.

Del

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Ruben,

I enjoyed watching your videos on Utube. Nicely done! I'm sure you've sparked some interest in hunting and collecting meteorites.

It seems to me that these famous strewnfields in the United States are still producing many meteorites. Does anyone know of a comprehensive list of all the strewnfields in the United States? Has someone produced a field-guide type of video on hunting meteorites with a metal detector? Using GPS and grids, marking and mapping, ellipse, etc...

Randall

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Ruben,

Awesome video man... Love it! Wish I could have been there to witness all those finds and meet everyone. Will be there next time.

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Del,

Have to agree. Metallica is my band! Been a fan for 20 years, since Kill'em All. One of the few bands that kept it up that long. Too bad they messed up and lost Jason though...

Great find too! Just a bit jealous... Only been to Franconia 4 times and got skunked every time. Course I didn't know what I was doing the first 3 times and got beat out by my girlfriend on her first time out hunting with a detector she finds her first meteorite! Talk about luck! Maybe if I keep taking her with me some of that luck will rub off and I'll find one too... I can only hope.

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Stan,

I agree with Del, I would have had no patience with a defective coil, I would have chunked it so high it would have been flaming when it came back down!

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Great Finds Guys!

Eric

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