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James Tobin

The Meteorite Exchange, Inc. was born in 1996 with meteorite.com and Meteorite Times Magazine in 2002. Still enthusiastic about meteorites and all things related to them, we hunt, collect, cut and prepare specimens. We travel to gem shows and enjoy meteorites as much now as in the beginning. Please feel free to share any comments you have on this or any of our other sites.

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The 20th Anniversary Gold Basin Meteorite Celebration

The 20th Anniversary Gold Basin Meteorite Celebration

The History Twenty years ago Jim Kriegh found the first meteorites at Gold Basin, Arizona while prospecting for gold in Hualapai Wash. He had the stones identified and confirmed as space rocks. For the next two years or so the area was systematically hunted by Jim Kriegh and Twink Monrad and John Blennert to determine […]

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Summertime Funtime

Summertime Funtime

Well summer is nearly over as I write this. It has been a fun season this year. Got in a couple trip to the desert for astrophotography. Got some ceramic pieces made and with both those interests tried new equipment and techniques. I try to never stop learning new things. This article has frankly been […]

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Once A Decade Muong Nong Tektite Article

Once A Decade Muong Nong Tektite Article

Spent a week making slices of Muong Nong Layered Tektite that were thin enough to see through easily. I do this every decade or so. It is hard work and time consuming. They can break easily if I am not careful since they are glass and only .020 -.030 inches thick. They are quite fragile. […]

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Marissa Fanady Interview

Marissa Fanady Interview

This feature is devoted to one of the personalities within the meteorite community. This month we are delighted to share an interview we had with Marissa Fanady. (MT) Who or what got you interested in meteorites and how old were you when you got your first meteorite? (Marissa) Astronomy got me interested in meteorites. I […]

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“I Just Know It Is A Meteorite”

“I Just Know It Is A Meteorite”

For once I have used the springtime for Spring Cleaning. Over the last couple years I have been doing project after project non stop in the garage and it was really getting out of control. I had reduced my available work space down to the corner of one work table. So after two weeks of […]

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2015

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2015

Edwin ET Thompson’s room was sort of ground zero for this year’s show. What fun we had sitting there listening to his stories and telling stories of our own. Of course we told no lies. ET has worked hard all year on a science fiction book titled EarthUnder. It is truly a breath of fresh […]

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EarthUnder: The Meteorite Chronicles Book Review

EarthUnder: The Meteorite Chronicles Book Review

Edwin Thompson has been a mentor to meteorite hunters and a cheery friend to space rock collectors and enthusiasts at gem shows everywhere for years. For much of that time he has been sharpening his writing skills with adventure stories and magazine articles. Now Edwin Thompson has taken his vast experience in meteorites and meteorite […]

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Meteorite Imaging

Meteorite Imaging

One of the wonderful things that the Internet has brought to us is the vast amount of images available on every topic. For meteorites many different issues can create challenges for getting images done well. Even as I write this I realize that I will not be able to show the images in this article […]

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Meteorite Hunters vs The Weather

Meteorite Hunters vs The Weather

In my last article I mentioned that I might try to get in a trip meteorite hunting in the autumn. Well, this article begins when I got an email from my friend Richard Garcia that a trip meteorite hunting was being put together and would I like to go. Not too tough a question, but […]

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The Meteorites of Summer

The Meteorites of Summer

Summer 2014 is just about gone. I did not do any meteorite hunting yet this year. Astrophotography has been taking up most of my out of town time. But, I might try really hard to get one trip in to hunt in the fall if I can tear myself away from the scope and camera. […]

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Edeowie Glass Revisited

Edeowie Glass Revisited

I do not usually watch the programs on television about alien from the past that have landed on Earth. But I was changing channels recently and found myself at one of those programs. After just a few minutes I had heard several wrong statements and enough bad conclusions drawn from unrelated facts to last me […]

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My New Meteorite Saw

My New Meteorite Saw

I have had a great adventure the last couple weeks. My old diamond saw that I made about 30 years ago final died and I needed a new one. There is nothing on the market to go out and buy that will do what I want from a diamond saw. So I took a week […]

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The 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Report

The 2014 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show Report

Well another Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has come and gone. And I will not make you wait until the end for what I thought about this one. I think we did more good work as a business and had more fun and spent more great time with friends then ever before. I had a […]

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The UCLA Meteorite Gallery

The UCLA Meteorite Gallery

I got an email that there was to be a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony at UCLA for the new Meteorite Gallery. It was taking place the next day. So I got my camera out and charged a couple batteries and put about 50 gigabytes of SD cards in the camera bag and […]

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Shooting Stars Has a Different Meaning This Year

Shooting Stars Has a Different Meaning This Year

Well, it would just seem wrong to report on vacation without something about meteorites. But, the fact of the matter is we did nothing meteorite related on vacation this year. We are so busy with meteorites the rest of the time that we have taken a big break from them for our autumn trips. I […]

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