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  Topic: Quartz from alpine-type fissures in Raleigh, North Carolina
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 2
Views: 10063

PostForum: Rockhounding trips   Posted: Aug 30, 2017 14:45   Subject: Re: Quartz from alpine-type fissures in Raleigh, North Carolina
This crystal was recently found:



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  Topic: Quartz from alpine-type fissures in Raleigh, North Carolina
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 2
Views: 10063

PostForum: Rockhounding trips   Posted: Aug 10, 2017 10:38   Subject: Quartz from alpine-type fissures in Raleigh, North Carolina
Here is a compilation of crystals pocket finds and extractions found this summer at a very productive construction site in Raleigh, NC.

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  Topic: Mineral photography setups
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 11
Views: 18662

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: Jun 29, 2015 11:10   Subject: Re: Mineral photography setups
OK, you guys inspired me... Broke out the homemade foam-board contraption I made a while ago to try and model my 1/24 cars, ultra-cheap tripod, one lamp, and The Canon. Time to see if any of the 85 p ...
  Topic: Mineral photography setups
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 11
Views: 18662

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: Jun 25, 2015 07:35   Subject: Re: Mineral photography setups
Feeling highly substandard now...

;-)

Now I know how all those dealers get such nice images!!!


No reason to feel that way. My setup is very cheap. The hardest part is simply just getting ...
  Topic: Quartz, Natural and Synthetic
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 47
Views: 70167

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: Mar 10, 2015 13:07   Subject: Re: Quartz, Natural and Synthetic
For those interested here's a great video that talks about how synthetic quartz crystals are grown, along with many fine examples of the Russian specimens.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKQOSPwod ...
  Topic: Mineral photography setups
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 11
Views: 18662

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: Mar 05, 2015 19:19   Subject: Re: Mineral photography setups
Thank you Michael and Martin. I've always wanted to try the lifted glass method. It would certainly make background spot light set up a lot easier it seems.

I tried to place most all of my main t ...
  Topic: Mineral photography setups
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 11
Views: 18662

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: Mar 04, 2015 10:26   Subject: Mineral photography setups
I'm looking for a thread here on the forum where mineral photography setups, equipment, and techniques are discussed. I figure surely there has already been a thread created but I'm not able to find ...
  Topic: A DIY Ball Table
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 6
Views: 14868

PostForum: Micros & Macros - Images of Minerals   Posted: Aug 21, 2014 14:05   Subject: Re: A DIY Ball Table
I have taken Pete Richards design and slightly modified it. I created a video to show how it works and how simple it is to make.

** In the video I incorrectly label the steel ball a "ball bear ...
  Topic: A DIY Ball Table
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 6
Views: 14868

PostForum: Micros & Macros - Images of Minerals   Posted: Aug 21, 2014 08:40   Subject: Re: A DIY Ball Table
I have taken Pete Richards design and slightly modified it. I created a video to show how it works and how simple it is to make.

** In the video I incorrectly label the steel ball a "ball bear ...
  Topic: Tessin habit quartz
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 32
Views: 50275

PostForum: The Ten Thousand Club   Posted: Jul 14, 2014 12:28   Subject: Re: Tessin habit quartz
The tessin habit feature -- a narrowing of the hexagonal prism toward the ends (terminations) is certainly in your crystal. You could call it tessin habit although it is transitional (mixed) with nor ...
  Topic: Tessin habit quartz
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 32
Views: 50275

PostForum: The Ten Thousand Club   Posted: Jul 10, 2014 22:55   Subject: Re: Tessin habit quartz
A magnification of z31 above.
  Topic: Tessin habit quartz
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 32
Views: 50275

PostForum: The Ten Thousand Club   Posted: Jul 10, 2014 21:48   Subject: Re: Tessin habit quartz
In an attempt to resurrect this thread, I want to display a few fine examples demonstrating the peculiar "s" face's or combination of "s" and "x" faces that bevel the tra ...
  Topic: Digging a little...
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 61
Views: 50839

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: Mar 31, 2014 08:55   Subject: Re: Digging a little...
The black is just an iron/manganese oxide and or algae on the rock. The stain is not indicative of anything special. It is difficult to tell if that rock has been moved there or is near in situ. If ...
  Topic: Digging a little...
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 61
Views: 50839

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: Mar 31, 2014 07:28   Subject: Re: Digging a little...
Very impressive. You indeed found crystallization. That vug of crystals is a good sign. When you find something like that you can assume that there will be more vugs nearby. When/if you find a lar ...
  Topic: Digging a little...
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 61
Views: 50839

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: Mar 27, 2014 18:03   Subject: Re: Digging a little...
Raleigh, NC.
  Topic: Digging a little...
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 61
Views: 50839

PostForum: Minerals and Mineralogy   Posted: Mar 27, 2014 15:39   Subject: Re: Digging a little...
Justin, after looking at the photos of your specimen it's my opinion that the smooth edges are the result of abrasion weathering from water. In other words it was probably carried there from water. ...
  Topic: Scepters - (1)
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 84
Views: 132990

PostForum: Featured Columns of FMF   Posted: Feb 24, 2014 12:20   Subject: Re: Scepters - (1)
Okay, I do realize my theory is full of holes and most likely easily dismissed, but I'm not worried about being blatantly and publicly wrong with my silly assumptions especially knowing that I can lea ...
  Topic: Scepters - (1)
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 84
Views: 132990

PostForum: Featured Columns of FMF   Posted: Feb 19, 2014 10:22   Subject: Re: Scepters - (1)
So after putting a lot of effort on theorizing how this scepter/reverse scepter configuration occurs together here's my try at a guess.

First, I'm thinking the solution in which the quartz crystals ...
  Topic: Snowflake Photographs?
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 19
Views: 28021

PostForum: Micros & Macros - Images of Minerals   Posted: Feb 17, 2014 13:28   Subject: Re: Snowflake Photographs?
Even in subzero temperatures once you turn a light onto that slide the snow will melt so how do you light it without losing your subject.

My guess is that with a microscope you don't use the hot i ...
  Topic: Snowflake Photographs?
Scott LaBorde

Replies: 19
Views: 28021

PostForum: Micros & Macros - Images of Minerals   Posted: Feb 17, 2014 11:05   Subject: Re: Snowflake Photographs?
Here is my meager attempt. Frozen fingers and wind kept me from taking the time I wanted for optimal focus stacking so the image is not as crisp. For the backdrop I simply used some black fabric to c ...
 
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