Bob’s Findings

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 3 No. 1

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 3 No. 1

A newsletter for unclassified meteorites found in the USA. In all of my previous Bob’s Bulletins, I prefaced each one with an explanation of what I mean by the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined “orphaned” as being meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but are not being recorded. Contrary to what […]

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The 2017 Veterans Meteorite Hunt

The 2017 Veterans Meteorite Hunt

On the last weekend of April 2017, a small group of U.S. military veterans gathered in the Mojave Desert near Pahrump Nevada to take part in a “group meteorite hunt”. This was an open-invitation to all veterans, whether they had any experience at searching for meteorites, or not. The purpose of this gathering was to […]

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MarsFest 2017

MarsFest 2017

 – Hosted by NASA & SETI Institute at the Furness Creek – Death Valley National Park, Visitors Center   Recently I was given an invite to be a presenter/volunteer at the SETI Institute’s “MarsFest 2017” program, and to man a public outreach booth displaying my Mojave Desert meteorites. There was a last minute opening when […]

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The Story of the Old Woman Meteorite – Another victim of the Post-Truth Era

The Story of the Old Woman Meteorite – Another victim of the Post-Truth Era

The Story of the Old Woman Meteorite – Another victim of the Post-Truth Era –   It all started innocently enough. It was the early hours of January 5th of this year when I got an email notification from Paul Schwartz that his latest installment of Meteorite Picture of the Day (MPOD) was now up […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 3

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 3

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 3 A newsletter for unclassified meteorites found in the USA. In all of my previous Bob’s Bulletins, I explained the meaning of the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but that the […]

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Part  2 – Tektite or Impactite or Obsidian Pseudo-tektite?

Part 2 – Tektite or Impactite or Obsidian Pseudo-tektite?

Preliminary results from quick tests with a handheld XRF show that you can tell the difference.   Recently I was able to get access to a hand-held XRF analyzer (a Thermo Niton XL2 GOLDD unit). After much delay due to hardware problems and scheduled maintenance, I was finally able to test the various specimens of […]

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Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery?

Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery?

Takysie Lake – The Classic “Pseudometeorite” – Found By Harvey H. Nininger – Still a Mystery? The first time I saw a specimen of Takysie Lake was 16 years ago (in 2000). I had purchased a small stone from an old collector from San Diego. He explained that it was self-collected in 1991 from the […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 2

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 2 No. 2

 A newsletter for unclassified meteorites found in the USA.   In all of my previous Bob’s Bulletins, I explained the meaning of the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but that the finders of these meteorites have found […]

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Is it a Tektite or a Pseudo-tektite?

Is it a Tektite or a Pseudo-tektite?

Is it a Tektite or a Pseudo-tektite? Now there is a quick test to tell the difference. As they say in Hollywood, “Let’s cut to the chase.” So, I will admit right now, this “quick test” will require a hand-held XRF analyzer. At least, that was the device that I was lucky enough to get […]

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Unclassified USA Meteorites from Coyote Dry Lake

Unclassified USA Meteorites from Coyote Dry Lake

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA. Featured this month is Coyote Dry Lake (circa 1995-2004)   This volume of my Bulletin of unclassified U.S. meteorites features a new format for documenting these “orphaned” finds. Hopefully this will be a more convenient format for when there are more than 100 finds to be reported. […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 4

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 4

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA.   In my first Bulletin, I introduced the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S., but that the finders of these meteorites have found great difficulty in getting their finds recorded, […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 3

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 3

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA. In my first Bulletin, I introduced the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being unwitnessed-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S. Unfortunately, the vast majority of U.S. finds are of this type. I went on to write that […]

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The Point Loma Lost “Meteorite”

The Point Loma Lost “Meteorite”

Last reported in a 1904 newspaper article. Image location: The historical (Old) Point Loma Lighthouse is located in the Cabrillo National Monument at the southern tip of Point Loma in San Diego. Latitude: 32.66503 — Longitude: -117.24266 For a larger map of the area around the Point Loma (Old & New) Lighthouses, click here: Mapquest. […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 2

Bob’s Bulletin – Vol. 1 No. 2

A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA. In my previous article, I introduced the phrase “orphaned-meteorites from the USA”. I defined these “orphans” as being non-fall Ordinary Chondrite (OC) meteorite “finds” that are recovered in the U.S. Unfortunately, the vast majority of finds are of this type. It wasn’t very long ago that this […]

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Bob’s Bulletin – A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA.

Bob’s Bulletin – A newsletter for “orphaned” meteorites from the USA.

Here in the United States of America, if you want to get a meteorite classified, you have to pay some professional to get it done. It does sound like the American-way, but there was a time not too long ago that you could get a classification done on your meteorite just for the price of […]

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