[meteorite-list] Thin Sections

From: Frank Cressy <fcressy_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 09:43:29 2004
Message-ID: <001301c1042b$3cdce960$b138ff3f_at_pavilion>

Hi Steve and all,
I agree with a lot of what you've said but would also like to acknowledge
two Michaels (Blood and Cottingham) who both also have been selling large
quantities and varieties of reasonably priced thin sections for at least the
past year. Both these people must also be applauded in addition to Dean
Bessey for really opening up this area of collecting. This is not meant to
slight any of those people who have supplied small quantities of thin
sections to a rather select few over the years. I believe though that the
recent rapid growth in thin section collecting is, in part due to the
availability of the rather inexpensive Tobin polarascope attachment for the
MBC-10 microscope, which has allowed many people to view thin sections
without the associated high cost of buying a polarizing petrographic
microscope. Another three cheers here!

 Now, at my last count, there were almost a dozen dealers in meteorite thin
sections. Quite impressive growth if you ask me.

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Subject: [meteorite-list] Thin Sections

> Subject: Thin Sections
> To: meteorite-list_at_yahoo.com
> From: meteorites_at_space.com
> Date: 03 Jul 2001 00:06:29 PDT
> With regards to the recent developments in meteorite thin sections I think
that Dean Bessey must be applauded. His efforts are opening up a whole new
feild of meteorite collecting that will in the long term be very rewarding
as well a productive to the hobby.
> Thin sections reveal their identity by virtue of their structure, and not
so much their weight. Previously they were virtually unobtainable, but now
for reasonable prices some very rare as well as interesting meteorites can
be had. And each has its signature clearly evident in its minerology.
> The identity of such can not be disputed.
> In the future I see an expanding market for these, and a great reference
source for those really interested in the study of meteorites.
> As a collector I think that my focus will be directed more toward these
than having larger specimens-- especially the rare Lunar and Martian ones,
where their identity can be confirmed by use of a petrologic microscope.
> And what beautiful things they are when viewed with such an instrument!
> Regards,
> Steve Schoner
> http://www.geocities.com/american_meteorite_survey
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