ABOUT CAMPO METEORITES.COM & FAQ

ABOUT US
Campo Meteorites is based in Tucson, AZ and owned and operated by well-known science writer and meteorite hunter Geoffrey Notkin. He has published over fifty articles on meteorites, meteorite hunting, paleontology, technology, and the arts. He is currently at work on a book about his life as a meteorite hunter. Geoff guest starred with Becky Worley in the Travel Channel's adventure/documentary series "The Best Places to find Cash & Treasures." He is a member in good standing of the International Meteorite Collectors' Association (IMCA), the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences (AAPS), and the Society of Southwestern Authors (SSA). He is also a founding partner of MeteoriteAdventures.com, a company which organizes and leads authentic meteorite hunting expeditions for enthusiasts of all levels.

We are specialists, and only sell Campo del Cielo meteorites on this website. If you are interested in purchasing other types of meteorites, or learning more about Geoff's science and adventure work, please visit our sister site Aerolite Meteorites at www.aerolite.org

CAN I OWN A METEORITE?
Yes you can. Private ownership of meteorites in the United States, and most other countries, is entirely legal.

WHAT ARE CAMPO METEORITES?
Meteorites are fragments of iron and rock from outer space that have fallen to Earth, and they are extremely rare. Much rarer than gold, platinum, or even emeralds.

Campo del Cielo is Spanish for "Field of Heaven" and it is an appropriate name. Campo meteorites fell from the sky into the province of Gran Chaco in Argentina long before the beginning of recorded history. First discovered in 1576, Campo del Cielo is one of the oldest known meteorite finds. Many more specimens have been uncovered, over the centuries, using modern metal detectors and hunting methods. Visit our Science and History of the Campo del Cielo Meteorite section to learn more.

The Campo del Cielo iron is classified as a IAB coarse octahedrite. It exhibits many beautiful characteristics, unique to meteorites, including:

Regmaglypts — thumbprint-like surface features caused by a meteorite melting during its fiery journey through Earth's atmosphere

Orientation — a dome or shield-shaped aspect, also caused by melting during flight. However, oriented meteorites maintain a fixed and constant orientation while plummeting towards our planet. Fixed flight causes them to acquire a rounded shape reminiscent of the nose of the space shuttle, or the heat shield of a Mercury or Apollo space capsule. In fact, space ship engineers and designers study oriented meteorites to learn more about how materials behave during atmospheric re-entry. Oriented meteorites are very rare, and are prized by collectors.

Natural holes — the only thing more desirable to the collector than an oriented meteorite is one with a natural hole. In some very rare instances, the heat of atmospheric travel causes a hole to literally burn right through a meteorite. These natural space sculptures are extremely rare and a very highly valued by enthusiasts and museums. We are proud to offer the world's best selection of Campo del Cielo irons with natural holes.

Character — meteorites with pleasing aesthetic shapes are said to have "good character" and to be "sculptural." Sculptural meteorites are natural works of art forged by the elements and the power of physics. They are the remnants of long-dead worlds, and are genuine travelers from deep space. With a little care, a meteorite specimen will last many lifetimes, and will inspire and amaze all who see it!

HOW MUCH DOES A CAMPO COST?
Meteorites are one of the rarest materials on Earth, and the only way that anyone — apart from an astronaut — can experience the thrill of touching the cosmos. We carry specimens to suit all budgets and all levels of collectors. A genuine meteorite can be yours for less than $100. Please see our Meteorites for Sale catalog to learn more.

ARE YOUR METEORITES GUARANTEED?
Absolutely. Every meteorite we sell is 100% guaranteed to be authentic and as described. All specimens come with an official Campo Meteorites identification card. Signed Certificates of Authenticity are available at no extra charge — just ask. We are happy to gift wrap specimens, and we ship anywhere in the world. All of our meteorites carry a no-nonsense money-back guarantee.

WHY SHOULD I BUY FROM CAMPO METEORITES?
Meteorites are valuable both in monetary and scientific terms. They are also amazing collectibles from outer space, and should be treated with care and respect. We are collectors too, and we only sell quality specimens we would be proud to have in our own collection. In addition, our specimens come directly from the field. That means there are no middlemen. We get the best Campos and we have the best prices on top quality material. If you are not 100% delighted with your purchase from us, send it back for a full refund.

HOW DO I BUY ONE OF YOUR CAMPO METEORITES?
We welcome personal checks, cashier's checks, money orders, Visa, Discover and Mastercard, and PayPal. Campo Meteorites prefers the Discover card. Visit our Meteorites for Sale Catalog, select the specimen you would like to purchase, and then just contact us by email or telephone. Please be sure to mention the catalog number of the specimen in which you are interested.

Shipping on smaller items within the USA averages about $6. For larger items, we use Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes at $8.75 per order, or UPS or Fedex. We ship anywhere in the world, and charge exact shipping costs only. No hidden "handling fees." Please see our Contact and Ordering page for more details.

WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please by telephone or email any time! We love to talk about meteorites, and we welcome new collectors. Excellent customer service is our top priority.

Telephone: (520) 742 3333