An Article In Meteorite Times Magazine
by Jim Tobin

Mocs and More

2005 is all but gone as I write this, and it has been an exciting and nerve wracking year. I donít know what 2006 will hold. Of course none of us ever do know the future. But, as far as meteorites go I expect that it will be a good year. I think we will see a continuing decline in the number of total meteorites and total weight of meteorites coming from North Africa. I hope we will continue to see the unusual and interesting meteorites that have been continuing to come from that region. Tucson is now only a month away and I can feel my anticipation already beginning to build. It will be interesting to see what meteorites are brought and the volume.

I have not started a want list yet for Tucson, but have seen some items in the Michael Blood Auction that could get on the list. So, some price comparing and shopping around needs to be done to determine what price I would pay in an auction. I donít want to miss a nice specimen of a desired find or fall while walking the show on the chance that I might win a piece in the auction.

I made a calendar this year to give as a gift to some friends. Only made a few. But it was a fun project. It was pictures of (you guessed it; I know some of you did) Meteor Crater. Of course you can see the picture too. Would like to get back there sometime this next year. Would like to finish up my next book and get it printed in the next year. But, have a lot of other projects to complete as well. It is never dull in this life, and there are always more meteorites to read about and study.

I took a slice off the large meteorite I mentioned last month that Paul and I had gotten. It is nice. Lots of well defined chondrules and only a scattering of small metal grains. The ground mass is not as dark as I had thought it would be. Iím guessing it is an L4 but will probably send off a piece to be analyzed sometime this year.

Getting some hunting in has to move up my list of priorities. I did essentially none this last year. Which of course means I found none. And I still need to get a couple found in the past cut and classified. That is already at the top of my list of priorities.

Every Halloween it has occurred to me at some point that I have not gotten a piece of Mocs for my collection. Well, I have remedied that situation now. And next year when all the little vampires and monsters are knocking on our door I can bring out my Mocs and think of Transylvania right along with them. It is a very nice piece. It has a large area of fusion crust and large surface area on the other sides. It is not a slice but a fragment. And for being from a fall in 1882 it is very fresh. It has as light a gray color as many falls picked up on the spot in the last couple years. So, whoever has preserved it for more than a century has done a good job. It also seems that I will be in Tucson on the fall date of Mocs. It arrived On February 3, at 4 in the afternoon.

Been price shopping for diamond blades this morning on the Internet. I have never cared for the really cheap blades at 5-6 dollars each. I have been using MK Diamond Saber 1000 blades for a long time and the problem now is the arbor size. Most of the suppliers are only carrying the 5/8 hole not the half inch. I have a converting spacer ring somewhere but would really prefer finding the Ĺ inch arbor hole. One supplier listed it and of course they were the most expensive of the dealers. But, it was a mere $2 dollars more then the others. Well worth it for the convenience of fitting the machine without the converting ring. IĎll order one tomorrow. Then I can really get going on the meteorites we have. I may have to make one cut on the larger saw to get pieces that can fit the trim saw. But that is the way it often is. Meteorites just do not come in shapes that are always perfect for one saw. There is more waste with the full thickness blade of the big saw. But, if it is just one cut I can live with that.

This coming year marks the 10th year that The Meteorite Exchange has been serving the meteorite community. It has been a great pleasure being associated with this wonderful group of people. There have been a couple bumps along the way but, that will make for some great stories to tell in the future. I would never have thought years ago as a collector that I would ever see piles of meteorites three or four feet in diameter sitting on hotel suite floors and literal tons of meteorites at the Tucson show. It has been the best of meteorite times. This magazine and the meteorite.com site both have had some face-lifting. We have brought new features and services online recently. We are excited about what the future holds for meteorite study and collecting. I have to start working on that wish list for Tucson now and will talk to you again next month. I think the magazine can wait a few days to come out till we are back. I am sure we will have some great things to share by February 6th. Till then have a Happy New Year.