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Old 05-18-2022, 03:31 PM
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Ha ha. Not turtle mail…snail mail! or perhaps sea slug!
NOW KT is awaiting 8 separate packages, some from the States and some from elsewhere! And what do we get today?? 5 political flyers and our church bulletin. At least one thing to read before it goes into the round file!

Meanwhile, back at the Castle......:impatien t::wai ting:

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NOW KT is awaiting 8 separate packages, some from the States and some from elsewhere! And what do we get today?? 5 political flyers and our church bulletin. At least one thing to read before it goes into the round file!

Meanwhile, back at the Castle......:impatien t::wai ting:
sounds like when I was in the military - hurry up and wait

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Old 05-19-2022, 05:43 PM
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sounds like when I was in the military - hurry up and wait
HA HA or worse....dig a hole, now fill it up!

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Old 05-20-2022, 05:07 PM
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Default One specimen arrived today!

So members of the Royal Round Table, including KT, are happy!

The specimen is from the Franklin mine, near Ogdensberg, Sussex Co., New Jersey. It is a small hand specimen. It was sold to me as fluorescing orange, though the pictures on eBay are obviously yellow. The first image is in natural light, and the second is in SWUV 254nm. And it looks yellow to me, both in presence and in this image! Color is of no matter to me, just the fact that it is wollastonite from this location is good enough!

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So members of the Royal Round Table, including KT, are happy!

The specimen is from the Franklin mine, near Ogdensberg, Sussex Co., New Jersey. It is a small hand specimen. It was sold to me as fluorescing orange, though the pictures on eBay are obviously yellow. The first image is in natural light, and the second is in SWUV 254nm. And it looks yellow to me, both in presence and in this image! Color is of no matter to me, just the fact that it is wollastonite from this location is good enough!

Enjoy the pictures!
Hey, that yellow is nice, nothing wrong with that specimen, and the black makes a neat contrast to the yellow !

(maybe the seller was wearing orange sunglasses at the time ? )

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Old 05-23-2022, 12:21 AM
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Hey, that yellow is nice, nothing wrong with that specimen, and the black makes a neat contrast to the yellow !

(maybe the seller was wearing orange sunglasses at the time ? )
In researching wollastonite from that location, it appears that there is both orange and yellow fluorescing wollastonite, so KT is happy to get a yellow one….checking the Royal Catalog, His Majesty discovered that He already has an orange fluorescing specimen of this mineral from the same location!

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Default A batch of fluorescent stuff arrived today!

Yes, KT has been busy today with the arrival at the Castle of a number of fluorescent minerals! For your examination, KT has taken 3 specimens and worked them up completely for your pleasure.

Several months back, KT had ordered some oil inclusion quartz crystals and this time He ordered some 20 grams of these little beauties! The first 2 pictures show them in a tray, FOV=~2 inches. It takes about 10 of these lined up to make an inch, and I estimate there are about 150 crystals in the batch. Anyway the first picture is in natural light and they are in a metal tray. The second picture they are in LWUV 365nm light. Just so you can see the overall effect. Then there are 3 more pictures taken with the Royal USB led microscope at 10X magnification. The first of these is in natural light, then the next is the same view with 365nm light, and finally KT moved the tray around a bit until he spotted another nice view and took it with 365nm light. Note in the 5th picture the 3 crystals and their fluorescing inclusions angling from top left to lower right!

The second mineral is a sample of a very rare mineral from the Parker
Shaft in Sussex County, New Jersey. Xonotlite "dust" is what the description said! HA HA So it is a true micromount of about a dozen or so grains of this mineral. First image is in natural light and second image is in LWUV 365nm. KT likes rare minerals that fluoresce! So this specimen grains are real micromounts! They came loose in a small plastic box that had turned yellow from age, so KT put them in a new box and made a legible label for the box!

The final specimen is of Austinite and chalcophanite from Gold Hill Mine, Toole County, Utah. Type locality for Austinite...TL means the original material investigated and termed austinite came from that location. KT thought the chalcophanite would not fluoresce, but when the image was processed, there are many blue patches showing up, along with the green of the austinite(a U-bearing mineral). And KT likes that color combination of blue and green!

Anyway, it is now time for you to enjoy these pictures!
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Yes, KT has been busy today with the arrival at the Castle of a number of fluorescent minerals! For your examination, KT has taken 3 specimens and worked them up completely for your pleasure.

Several months back, KT had ordered some oil inclusion quartz crystals and this time He ordered some 20 grams of these little beauties! The first 2 pictures show them in a tray, FOV=~2 inches. It takes about 10 of these lined up to make an inch, and I estimate there are about 150 crystals in the batch. Anyway the first picture is in natural light and they are in a metal tray. The second picture they are in LWUV 365nm light. Just so you can see the overall effect. Then there are 3 more pictures taken with the Royal USB led microscope at 10X magnification. The first of these is in natural light, then the next is the same view with 365nm light, and finally KT moved the tray around a bit until he spotted another nice view and took it with 365nm light. Note in the 5th picture the 3 crystals and their fluorescing inclusions angling from top left to lower right!

The second mineral is a sample of a very rare mineral from the Parker
Shaft in Sussex County, New Jersey. Xonotlite "dust" is what the description said! HA HA So it is a true micromount of about a dozen or so grains of this mineral. First image is in natural light and second image is in LWUV 365nm. KT likes rare minerals that fluoresce! So this specimen grains are real micromounts! They came loose in a small plastic box that had turned yellow from age, so KT put them in a new box and made a legible label for the box!

The final specimen is of Austinite and chalcophanite from Gold Hill Mine, Toole County, Utah. Type locality for Austinite...TL means the original material investigated and termed austinite came from that location. KT thought the chalcophanite would not fluoresce, but when the image was processed, there are many blue patches showing up, along with the green of the austinite(a U-bearing mineral). And KT likes that color combination of blue and green!

Anyway, it is now time for you to enjoy these pictures!
More neat specimens KT !!!!

The clear quartz crystals almost look like diamonds !

I like the blue/green in the other specimen also

Also, make sure to keep the Xonotlite "dust" covered, you don't want to sneeze and have to find the specks over a large area

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Old 05-24-2022, 12:36 PM
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More neat specimens KT !!!!

The clear quartz crystals almost look like diamonds !

I like the blue/green in the other specimen also

Also, make sure to keep the Xonotlite "dust" covered, you don't want to sneeze and have to find the specks over a large area
KT was very careful not to even breathe on those specks! HA HA

And when dug in Herkimer County, New York, this type of quartz, without the petroleum inclusions, is called Herkimer diamonds!

Now today KT has 3 more specimens to share:

First is Sphalerite from the Sterling Hill mine, Sussex Co., New Jersey. Not all sphalerite (zinc sulfide) is fluorescent but this one is, not a bright color but still a distinctive orange. First pic is natural light, second is LWUV 365nm.

Second specimen consists of Manganocalcite with non-fluorescent hematite, from the Sterling Hill Mine also. Now this one is a strong orange in SWUV 254nm light in the 2nd picture.

Finally, we have a specimen from Sweden, namely Wollastonite. First picture shows the white fibrous crystals throughout the specimen. Second picture shows the distinctive yellow color in SWUV 254nm. The sample is from Kockgruven, Kinnskatteberg, Vastmanland County, Sweden. Say that 5 times really fast!

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