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Found 16 results

  1. Hello, Before I start searching through the topic archives, I was wondering if perhaps there was a pinned thread/discussion on recommend or preferred equipment to take photographs of ones fossils, especially shark teeth. I'm thinking of some kind of camera-microscope combination. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. Newbie Prepper

    Hello. I am setting up to finally prepare some of the fossils that have been languishing in my collection in desperate need of exposure. I live within a few miles of one of the premier Devonian formations in the northeast USA, (Hamilton Group) of Penn Dixie fame, and I have always lamented my inability to pull out the best from my finds. I have begun to accumulate equipment. I will list what I have so far, and I am open to suggestions as far as what direction to go from here. Already have: A room, far from the rest of the household, where the noise from the equipment won't ###### everyone off. A garage based compressor, with a line running to said room. A micro dremel, (electric, which was much quieter than the pneumatic one) with numerous bits. A respirator Small shop vac, with various small attachments. An air-line bridge, with three attachment points, one with an adjustable gauge. A good sturdy drafting table, (got lucky on that one) A micro nozzle duster, self-constructed A CP9160 Air Scribe, with 2" and 2.5" sharp needles, as well as the stock needle. (Apparently, very similar to the ARO) Various artist brushes. Okay, here's where I need some help: I need a magnifier with light, and there's absolutely a gajillion of them out there. Suggestion? 5X 10X 20X? LED, Green vs. White glass, etc. I also know I should be looking into a pen type sand blaster, but I don't have the resources to sink into the system, the air handler, and the glove box etc, but would be willing to take suggestions for when I can afford it. Thank you for your help, Derek
  3. best sifter to use?

    I have only been on one fossil hunting trip before and i used other peoples equipment. I was wondering if there's a preferred brand or type of sifter to use? I am mainly going after sharks teeth and shells if that is important. I will be searching on a sandy beach.
  4. S. S. White 6500 Rebuild

    I figured this might be a good thread in case it comes up for anyone else in the future. I recently purchased a used S. S. White 6500 model micro sandblaster unit for my workshop, which from here on out, I will likely refer to as a lab, as it now contains a higher dollar value of equipment than my media production office. Upon arrival, I discovered that it was not only pretty well used, but very poorly maintained, and was in fact, not functional. Since I got it for an absolute steal on the auction site, it's still worth every penny. After disassembling the unit, which I didn't have the foresight to photograph, I was fortunate enough to get on the phone with Joel, the president of Airbrasives, the subsidiary of S. S. White that manufactures these units. Joel was extremely nice, very talkative, and exceptionally helpful. We spent more than 90 minutes on the phone discussing the specific model, the parts that tend to wear out first, and what to look out for in terms of repairs and potential future pitfalls of maintenance. I figured that since I have had this experience and will be rebuilding this seized unit over the next few months, it might be a good project to share in case anyone else is able to get a similar bargain.
  5. I am an architecture student from India and my research dissertation and thesis are based at the Raiyoli site in Gujarat, India, known for its vast nesting grounds and several sauropod egg specimens discovered through the early eighties. It was also here that the Rajasaurus Narmedensis was first discovered. My design aims to create a new system including a live dig site, preparation labs, casting/moulding labs and also serving as a fossil repository for the secure storage of the fossils excavated at the site since no such facilities are present throughout the country. I would like to know the appropriate methods for categorization of specimens at such a site where a vast number of specimens, primarily eggs, petrified wood and a few bones have been found. Is there an existing method of categorization based on the size of the specimens and the equipment/tools required for the same? P.S.- My knowledge in palaeontology is limited to the questions relating to the spatial requirements for such facilities.
  6. Hello members, I am going to go for a fossil hunting trip on this October 21 at Bowmanville Quarry, Ontario. Since I realized how useful an electric saw is on the last trip with @crinus, I am considering to get one before I get there. I found a post at the TFF, and the recommendations were a bit out of my budget... I was wondering whether I need to get an expensive one, or just between $100 to 200 one will be fine. I would appreciate your any recommendations and advice... Sincerely, Jun
  7. Hi all, So normally, the weekend of 19-20-21 May I was gonna go with my family to Cap-Blanc-Nez (in France) with the WTKG, but unfortunately that excursion got canceled because, aside from me, only one other person applied! Luckily, as it is the place where my dad proposed to my mom (and therefore this area means a lot to them), and they would like to go back, we decided to go there next week (7-8-9 May)! We already booked a B&B in Wissant for the 3 nights. I am looking forward to it! So, as preparation for the upcoming trip, I am turning towards the most experienced fossil collectors I know: you guys on TFF! I've never hunted in Cap-Blanc-Nez before, so I am a complete amateur as to how the hunting there works. Hopefully some of you have been there already (or been to similar locations) and can give me tips. I have the following questions: What equipment/tools are needed? What are the best layers to find what fossils? What are the most effective hunting techniques? What specific beaches/areas are the most abundant fossil-wise? (Wissant is in between Cap-Blanc-Nez and the other nearby location Cap-Griz-Nez, so if you would more recommend the latter, let me know too!) What other tips do you have in general? I will, of course, make an extensive trip report here on TFF after the hunt is done Thanks in advance already! Best regards, Max
  8. Hi all, I think that this is my first time in this thread of the forum, after being active for about a year and a half... Shame on me! Well, just for your info I know absolutely NOTHING about microfossils. So please bear with me So I have a question for you guys: So I bought this microfossil slide recently for just 3,25€ (not sure if it’s a good deal or not, but seemed okay to me), thinking it would be useful to store my very small fossils. Well, when I got it, I had two surprises: 1) it’s a lot smaller than I thought it would be! Fossils can get REALLY small I guess! 2) there aren’t any walls or so separating each number square. I thought that this would be simply another one of these sorting boxes with different “sub boxes”, which are always useful for storing fossils appropriately; but then a mini version for microfossils. Seems like I was very wrong! So so my main question is: how do I use this? Also, if you have any tips on how to go around with microfossils appropriately o would be glad to hear them. Again, all this stuff is very new to me. Microfossils are definitely not my strong point. Thanks in advance, Max
  9. Hey guys! Equipment check!

    Hey guys ! What are some of The tools and equipment you guys take when you go fossil hunting for the weekend? Favorite containers to store you're finds in the field ? Rucksacks ? Shovels ? Picks?
  10. Intro to prep

    What tools are needed for fossil prep? I recently bought a rough oreodont in Denver as well, and where can I find dental picks to help clean that out? What other tools are helpful thank you!
  11. Field Equipment Checklist

    I'm getting ready to head out on a field trip to Nevada and Utah in a few weeks and thought I should get organized and plan out the fossil collecting equipment I should remember to bring. So I put together a list of items, and I'd appreciate any feedback. I've created categories to cover things for "Fossil Extraction," "Preparation/Packing," "Inspection/Documentation," and "Personal Protection." First thing you might say is "boy, that's a long list." Don't worry, I've already got most of what's on it, and I want this to be the list I work from for future trips as well. I won't take everything on every trip, but I'd like to make sure I'm not missing anything. I want to keep it to mainstream-type items, so I've left off things like rifles, pistols, flamethrowers, etc. And one more thing, I will primarily be hunting for invertebrates, with an occasional trip for Green River fish or similar. This isn't meant to be the list I would use if I was going to hunt for Hell Creek dinosaurs (unlikely!). Here's my current list, tell me what you think: Fossil Hunting Equipment List.pdf
  12. What do I need?

    I'd like to get the tools, etc. necessary for fossil prep. I have a good eye and a good hand (I think), but I can't nail down exactly what equipment I need. Everyone seems to have something different. Can someone give me a list of everything needed to do fossil prep - the individual things? I know I need an air compressor, but I don't know how much air pressure I need. Brand names would be helpful, too. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to do this. I'm OK with software, but not so hot with things that plug in! Thanks in advance!
  13. Uber Noob Question

    Hello Iv never been fossil hunting before. I'm going to Marloes Sands in Wales next year. I'm going by train so need travel light. I know I need a pick, but can you tell me what I need that's light cheep but not going to fall apart easily? I'm hoping to find some small fossils, Iv heard there are trilobites there, but I will be glad to find anything. Thanks for any help.
  14. Found this crazy all in one demo hammer at home improvement store yesterday and bought it right away. It looks like it will do many things and has the heft of a small sledge.
  15. Yesterday, I visited my local thrift store looking for something to warm and dessicate my shale chips before doing a hydrogen peroxide bath. I was looking for a hot plate or other device with some temperature control that I could set to 200o F or so, as I've seen recommended here at TFF. The only things available were a selection of electric grills. None of them had any heat control, just the built-in cooking temperature. I don't know what that temperature is, but it's probably closer to 400o F than the 200o I was hoping for. I bought a small one thinking it might be useful, but I'd like to double-check with TFF members who are more experienced with breaking down shale. Will this gadget work for my purposes, or is it too hot? Am I running a risk of steam explosions with this? Is it likely to harden my shale rather than break it down? Any help with this will be appreciated!
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