Did you know…. That there are “rules” for meteorite hunting?

By · June 13, 2010 · Filed in Did You Know??? · 1 Comment »

Well, meteorite hunting rules are not written in stone… and they aren’t laws either, but there are some general guidelines of etiquette when hunting for meteorites. Normally we hear the word etiquette in regards to fine dining – telling us which fork to use when, how to hold your teacup (pinkys up of course), and how to thank the chef. Although we don’t have to search for meteorites with our pinkys held correctly, there are some rules that we need to remember before our next hunting adventure.

Get off my lawn you crazy kids. Have you ever heard that on TV or in real life? If you ever knew anyone who did not want anyone on their property, then I am sure you know how important it was to obey their wishes. The same rules holds true when meteorite hunting. You should NEVER hunt on land in which you do not have permission. If you want to hunt on private property, you have to have the proper permission from the owner.

Treat it like it’s yours.When hunting in the desert or on someone’s property, you should ALWAYS treat the area as if it were your own, like the Boy Scouts motto, leaving it like (or better than) you found it. You would not dig hundreds of holes on your property and toss litter everywhere! So, you should not do that when meteorite hunting either. The property owner will appreciate your thoughtfulness and be more willing to let you or other treasure hunters back in the future, and future hunters will as well – they want nice places to hunt for their own treasures, too.

Mark it and Shoot It!This is the most important rule of this blog!!! X marks the spot right? Sometimes, but in the case of meteorite hunting, it is not so much an X as it is having the exact coordinates of a meteorite when you find one. A GPS device is the best way for you to document the meteorite’s location, and it is important to photograph your find, using a reference object or ruler in the photo for sizing purposes.Try to get a picture with the meteorite and the GPS together before removing it. Coins work very well as reference objects when you do not have a ruler handy as coins are of standard sizes. However, if you find a meteorite that is quite large, it might work better to use something larger, like a water bottle, hat, or other larger object to show the scale of the meteorite when compared to the reference object. Now that we have documented our find, it is our duty to report our find to the scientific community, and provide a sample.

Why is it so important to report your find?One of the reasons it is legal to hunt meteorites is because we (Meteorite Hunters) said hey, we can be intelligent, and honest enough to record the data, and get it to the proper scientific community. You might have found something never before found that might be one of the most important finds ever! Remember, meteorites are one of the rarest things on Earth.

Click here to to find places near you to report and test your finds!!!

Places to report or test your find.

Did you know……. That anyone can hunt for meteorites?

By · May 28, 2010 · Filed in Did You Know???, That anyone can hunt for meteorites? · Comments Off on Did you know……. That anyone can hunt for meteorites?

Welcome to the “Did You Know” series! This is a series of posts that will help to answer your questions about meteorites, meteorite hunting, and even some things about space. I hope that you will join me and follow along with the series… and check back often to see which question I have answered next. I hope you enjoy today’s post.

That is the best part about collecting meteorites! It is not something reserved for scientists-only; anyone can do it. Many participate in the hobby every year for a reason – it is exciting, fascinating, and fun. Keep the ones you want and sell the rest, meteorites are worth more than gold! You just need a few basic pieces of gear and you are ready to start exploring. So, if you have not tried it, go ahead and give it a try, especially if you live close to a desert. They are often wonderful meteorite-hunting grounds.

Who knows? You might be the next person to find a lunar or Martian meteorite – or you might not – but the adventure of the hunt is plenty of fun as well. Not so sure about exploring on your own? That’s okay as there are a number of clubs and groups that go hunting together, which adds to the fun. So get out there, and have an unforgettable adventure and maybe find yourself an amazing treasure that you will cherish for years to come! Just remember that their is a meteorite hunters code of ethics about sharing the scientific data with the scientists. That I will share with you soon.

Coming in the next “Did You Know” post…… I will share with you… Meteorite Hunters Code of Ethics.

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Did you know ………… That some meteorites come from the Moon and Mars?

By · May 3, 2010 · Filed in Did You Know???, That some meteorites come from the Moon and Mars? · Comments Off on Did you know ………… That some meteorites come from the Moon and Mars?

Welcome to the “Did You Know” series! This is a series of posts that will help to answer your questions about meteorites, meteorite hunting, and even some things about space. I hope that you will join me and follow along with the series… and check back often to see which question I have answered next. I hope you enjoy today’s post.

We have been long-fascinated with the Moon, since it is the closest heavenly body to Earth and we have been able to see it long before we ever visited it. Not long after astronauts began exploring in space, interest began to blossom about the planet Mars. There have been many movies about Martians and at least one television show, My Favorite Martian, which was a favorite comedy for the many episodes that aired. I can still envision “Uncle Martin’s” antennae popping out of his head, even though I have not seen an episode in over 20 years!

So, when I found out that some meteorites come from the moon (lunar meteorites) and Mars (Martian meteorites), that was a bit exciting to me. These meteorites are quite rare, with only 17 lunar and 16 Martian meteorite discoveries in all, out of over 20,000 meteorites that have been discovered (Space.com). And that these two types are worth the most of all. If you are fortunate to have one, especially a Martian one, then you have a wonderful treasure. Not only is it from Mars, but it connects you to many years of our world’s historical culture – allowing you to share in the fascinations of outer space from long ago!

Coming in the next “Did You Know” post…… I will share with you just exactly who can hunt for meteorites – you may be surprised by the answer!

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Did you know that meteorites are older than the Earth?

By · April 9, 2010 · Filed in Age of Meteorites, Did You Know??? · Comments Off on Did you know that meteorites are older than the Earth?

Welcome to the “Did You Know” series! This is a series of posts that will help to answer your questions about meteorites, meteorite hunting, and even some things about space. I hope that you will join me and follow along with the series… and check back often to see which question I have answered next. I hope you enjoy today’s post.

There are not many things older than Earth, which is estimated to be approximately 4.54 billion years old (Wikipedia). It is easier for me to comprehend the magnitude of this number by writing it out with all of its digits – 4,540,000,000 years old. That’s pretty old, but the Sun is even older at 4.57 billion years or 4,570,000,000 years of age. That means that the Sun was formed about 30 million years before the Earth. Then, sometime between the formation of the sun and the Earth, meteoroids are estimated to have been forming and moving silently through space. Allot of  these meteoroids combined together and formed the Earth and the other planets. Estimates for the mass of material that falls to the Earth each year ranges from 37,000 to 78,000 tons. Most recent estimates are saying that some early meteoroids could have been about 4.567 billion years, or 4,567,000,000 years – 3 million years older than the Earth.

That is still an almost incomprehensible amount of time. So, if you ever have the chance to hold a meteorite (or better yet collect them), you can rest assured knowing that you have touched an amazing and historical piece of our galaxy. Although it might not be 4,567,000,000 years old, ( But probably close ) you still are holding something very old, very rare, and very much a part of our galaxy – something that has been to places that we as humans have not had the opportunity to visit. Amazing!!!

Coming in the next “Did You Know” post……… I will share some insight about meteorites from the moon and Mars.

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Did You Know……YOU can own your OWN meteorite???

By · April 9, 2010 · Filed in Did You Know???, Owning Meteorites · 2 Comments »

Welcome to the “Did You Know” series! This is a series of posts that will help to answer your questions about meteorites, meteorite hunting, and even some things about space. I hope that you will join me and follow along with the series… and check back often to see which question I have answered next. I hope you enjoy today’s post.

Have you ever had a rock collection? If you have, you may have had fun adventures tracking down your rocks. Even if you did not have a collection, maybe you saw one sometime and were intrigued. Each rock in the collection is beautiful and interesting and each is different from all the rest… and it is perfectly legal to keep them. Meteorite collecting is very much like that, too, and it is just as legal to hunt for meteorites as it is to hunt for rocks – as meteorites are essentially rocks… but rocks from space. The only difference is that you will need to take down some data to report your find. It’s an awe inspiring sight to see a meteor blazing through the atmosphere. Now imagine hunting that meteorite down at the end of that shooting star’s journey through space as it falls to the Earth! You can have some amazing adventures while hunting for your own meteorites to collect or you may opt to purchase them instead. Either way, you will have a chance to enjoy and appreciate each meteorite in your collection, knowing that you have a priceless and unique piece that was once soaring through outer space, was partially burned as it entered Earth’s atmosphere, and is now in your hands! How breath-taking is that?!?!

Coming in the next “Did You Know” post…… I will share with you the age of meteorites – they are older than you might think!

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

What are Meteorites Worth?

By · April 7, 2010 · Filed in Meteorite Terminology, Meteorites, Value of Meteorites · Comments Off on What are Meteorites Worth?

When looking to begin collecting meteorites, many people want to know the approximate value or worth of differing types of meteorites before they purchase or sell their finds. Meteorites have differing values, dependent upon several factors.

Most meteorites are sold by weight, using the metric gram. The average cost to buy one is approximately $1 per gram. It is common to see meteorites priced between $.50 and $2 per gram; however, some have been known to sell for more than that. Rare finds that originated on the moon or Mars may sell for up to $1,000 per gram, depending on some factors.

There are three main types of meteorite classifications. The first, stone meteorites are the most common of all, making up approximately eighty percent of all falls or finds. Stony iron and Iron meteorites are less common, with stony iron making up about 1.5 percent and iron meteorites making up approximately five percent of all falls or finds. The rarity of the meteorite also affects its pricing. Common meteorites cost and sell for less; rare meteorites cost and sell for more.

In addition to the weight, classification, and rarity of the meteorite, there are some important factors that are considered in pricing a meteorite. They include: its place of origin, whether it is well-preserved or not, and how aesthetically pleasing it is to look at, the quantity of the type already available on the market, the meteorite’s historical value, if it is of high interest in the scientific community, and how much money the seller needs to make to cover his or her costs associated with hunting, finding, classifying, and selling of the meteorite. Additionally, its pricing can be affected by the presence of fusion crust and regmaglypts (small “thumbprint”-like indentations, scoops, or ridges on the meteorite). If the fusion crust in present and intact, the meteorite is more valuable. In regards to the regmaglypts, the deeper the “thumbprints,” the greater the value.

To learn more about the value and pricing of meteorites, you can visit these places online:


Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Best Metal Detector for Meteorite Hunting

By · March 29, 2010 · Filed in Metal Detectors · 4 Comments »

I started this post off with the word BEST. Well It caught your attention, didn’t it? LOL because best is only an opinion! That being said Professional Meteorite Hunters alike can’t agree on a best metal detector. Best has too many variables  like brand, budget, and features. But Most agree on a type of metal detector, a gold metal detector!

Why a gold metal detector? Most gold metal detectors use higher frequencies which means they are more sensitive,tend to find meteorites at much greater depths,and can locate smaller specimens. Meteorites have a high content of iron and nickel.  Most of the coin and relic metal detectors see these metals as trash and will discriminate against them. Now there are some non-gold metal detectors that do great jobs too. Like the ones you can turn off the trash discriminator. See Below.

Jodie’s BEST gold metal detectors for hunting meteorites (opinion)!!!

  1. For the features and price you cant beat the Fisher Gold Bug 2. You Can get this Metal detector for around $700.00
  2. My next BEST metal detector is the Garrett Scorpion gold stinger. A little cheaper but a good detector. You can get one of these for around $450.00
  3. Next the White’s GMT Gold Metal Detector. You can get one of these for around $800.00
  4. Ok the only reason this detector isn’t in first or second place is because of price! Minelabs GPX 4500 and 3000.Extremely good detectors for around $3500.00 to $4500.00
  5. Tesoro Golden uMax. You can get one of these for around $450.00

Jodie’s BEST non-gold metal detectors for hunting meteorites (opinion)!!!

  1.  Fisher F75. Meteorite Men use these.   You can get one of these for around $1000.00
  2. Garrett GTI 2500. You can get one of these for around $800.00
  3. Tesoro Cortes. You can get one of these for around $700.00
  4. Fisher CZ-21. You can get one of these for around $1200.00
  5. Fisher F70. You can get one of these for around $650.00

All of these metal detectors except for the Minelabs and White’s you can purchase in my online store.

Shopping for a meteorite hunting metal detector is kind of like shopping for a new car. You don’t jump in with both feet first and buy the first one you see. You look around at the different options, you compare what you have found, you read the reviews about the different models; you take the time to absorb all the information available to you. Although you do not receive a car in the end, you might find a rare one-of-a-kind treasure with your new metal detector. If that day happens, all the research and reading and learning you completed will have paid off!

Here’s to the Perfect Hunt!

Safety Equipment

By · March 16, 2010 · Filed in Meteorite Hunting Equipment, Safety Gear · Comments Off on Safety Equipment

As with any hobby, safety is often of the utmost importance. You can more thoroughly enjoy your hobby when you don’t have to worry about getting injured or lost. There are several items that you want to have in order to stay safe on your meteorite hunts.

First, and this varies depending on the location in which you are hunting, is your clothing. If hunting in a desert area, you will dress differently than if you are hunting in a snowy area. Make sure that you have the right kind of clothing for the conditions you will encounter. So, if exploring in the desert, make sure that you have sunscreen, a hat, and light, loose-fitting clothing that can both protect you from the sun, but also allow your body to be cooler in high temperatures.

Another item that is useful for safety, but is also important for noting your locations if you find a meteorite, is a GPS device. This was mentioned in my other article, Hunting Gear, but is also important in discussion of safety gear. You don’t want to be in the wilderness without having a way to find your way back to your starting point. A GPS device is extremely helpful with this.

If you are adventuring with others, which is safer than going it alone, you also want to make sure that you are using 2-way radios, so that everyone can stay in communication with each other. This is extremely important out in the wilderness where cell phone signals might not always get a signal. If a party member is hurt or lost, these radios can make a huge difference in getting them help.

When exploring, you may find that there are snakes aplenty. Snakes live in so many environments and many are poisonous. So, it is a safe idea to make some preparations in the event that there are snakes in the area. In my store on this site, you can see items such as snake bite kits, snake gaiters and boots, and snake-proof chaps. It is important to have these items on you and with you when hunting for meteorites so that you can protect yourself from snakes. Even if you do not have the gaiters, boots, or chaps, at a minimum, you should always have a snake bite kit with you. You never know what can happen with wild creatures.

Ok, now for the most important thing to have while out meteorite hunting or any other activity you plan or accidentally find yourself in is an emergency kit! This kit should include first and foremost – Water – and not just a 16 oz. bottle of water! At least 2 gallons of drinking water. (might need some for an empty radiator) Remember the body can go about 30 days with out food (well maybe yall can but I cant) but only about 3 days without water!!! That being said now add some high protein none perishable food, like protein bars, trail mixes, beef jerky, etc. (don’t forget your  lunch either) Next add self striking matches in a waterproof container, rope, multi tool, a good knife, tarp, an extra pair of warmer clothes (even hot deserts sometimes drop below freezing at night), blanket, self powered flashlight, and a backpack to put most of these items in.(just in case you have to pack your way out because of vehicle problems) Look emergencies happen! Its better to be safe than sorry. So Always plan for it best you can. This list should be a bare minimum of the safety items you should have out in the wilderness. Most of these item can be found here in my store.

So, keep your safety in mind before you head out on your next hunt. You will find that when you explore safely, you can focus on the hunting and not worry as much about the what-ifs.

Here’s to the perfect hunt!