by Robert Verish

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A new "PROVISIONAL" version of the Meteoritical Bulletin appeared on the Meteoritical Society's web site on March 31st, 2004.
It is in the form of an Adobe Acrobat ".PDF" file and can be accessed from this web page:

The trick to taking informative pictures of "in-situ meteorites" is to take shots from a variety of angles. By taking a variety of camera shots, it increases your odds that, at least, one of your images will be in focus. Personally, I take at least 8 in-situ shots (at various angles and scale) of every meteorite that I find. For example, here are some images that I took in the Franconia (H5) strewn field:

My 1st shot is usually from a point of view that tries to capture the angle from which I first saw the meteorite that I have just found -

My 2nd shot is a close-up from that same angle -

My 3rd shot is another close-up, but this time I place some objects in the scene for scale. Here is where I use my cube-scale or a coin. If possible, I try to include my GPS in this shot, and since I have found that recording the date of the find is often forgotten, I record this as soon as possible with the GPS display. All of my subsequent shots will include this cube-scale or GPS unit for scale -

My 4th shot is like the 3rd shot, but this time the GPS is displaying the coordinates. Since this is very improtant information, the angle of this shot should clearly be able to read the face of the GPS unit -

My 5th shot is usually very close up and from a very low angle point of view that tries to capture the side of the meteorite in the foreground and ideally have the background include the horizon -

My 6th shot is where I take a few steps back and shot towards the horizon, trying to capture the GPS unit in the foreground and in the middle-ground show as much of the immediate area as is possible -

My 7th shot is aimed back down to the ground and is usually an overhead close-up of the meteorite find after it has been just plucked and turned over, now showing its underside and the hole that it has just vacated -

The condition of the soil directly beneath the find is of great interest to those of us recording how meteorites accumulate, so additional shots are usually taken -

My 8th shot is usually where I hand-hold the find for the first time and try to catch a side of the find that hasn't been imaged, yet.

There are quite a few new meteorite falls and finds described in this latest version of the Bulletin. Well above the average number.

The current version has a new "Abstract" and a revised "Introduction":

The following "Meteorites from North America" are from this version of the Meteoritical Bulletin and appeared in previous "Bobs Findings" articles.
I obtained classifications for all of the following meteorites, and then I submitted them to the Nomenclature Committee for name approval.
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The topic of my next few articles will continue a series on California and Nevada Meteorites.

My previous articles can be found *HERE*

For for more information, please contact me by email: Bolide*chaser