Hunting For Meteorites Among Pesky Hot Rocks?

The meteorites you see here were found by one of our customers.

The meteorites you see here were found by one of our customers.

Meteorite hunting is a thrilling hobby, with falls being reported all the time. Here’s a question we often get: “Which metal detector best cancels out “hot rocks” without discriminating metallic iron?” A great question… since meteorites contain iron-nickel metal!  Seasoned meteorite hunters point to the XP DEUS as one of the best detectors for the task, because it is sensitive to both nickel and iron. Famed meteorite hunter Twink Monrad has located most of her meteorites using the XP DEUS’s exclusive “Goldfield setting.” Read her story Meteorite Hunting with my XP DEUS Detector.


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“How to Use Metal Detectors to Find Meteorites

Maine Mineral and Gem Museum Offers $20,000 Reward for Piece of Rangeley, ME Meteorite Fall!

A meteorite Fall was recorded on police video Tuesday Morning. If you were lucky enough to see this extraordinary event, you watched a historic event. The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum is offering a reward for the first one-kilogram meteorite recovered from this fall!

”Barbra Barrett, Mineral and Gem Museum director, said in a press release “This is an exciting opportunity and we need the public’s help,”  We spoke with the Museum staff this afternoon and confirmed that the $20,000 reward noted in their press release is still available.

Police Video of Tuesday’s Meteorite Fall in Rangeley, Maine Region

According to the Boston website “Based on hundreds of eyewitness accounts collected and analyzed by the American Meteor Society, scientists were able to pinpoint that the meteoroid entered Earth’s atmosphere over Maine, and it’s terminal explosion—the bright flash that most people witnessed, which usually coincides with fragmentation of the fireball—occurred about 30 kilometers, or about 18.6 miles, west of Rangeley, Maine.”

Michael Bernzweig of said today: “The top metal detector model for locating meteorites is the XP DEUS Metal Detector.” In December of 2013 Twink Monrad and metal detecting partner Don Morin joined some meteorite hunting friends at the Franconia, Arizona strewn meteorite field using the DEUS. Complete details are shown in the article entitled “XP DEUS Meteorite Find Classified by Dr. Garvie at Arizona State University.” In another article entitled “Meteorite Hunting with my XP DEUS Detector” Twink said “I was able to find a buried Gold Basin meteorite and my hunting partner Don found two Gold Basin meteorites with his DEUS with 11” coil.



Metal Detector Finds – How to Distinguish a Meteorite from a Rock

When your metal detector goes off and you begin to try to unearth the source of the signal you’re receiving, generally there’s some type of discernable target there like a coin, pull tab, piece of jewelry, or other piece of treasure (or trash!). If it’s one of those rare instances where you’re having trouble finding the reason your metal detector is signaling, consider meteorites.

Meteorites fall to earth all the time and many of them can be found with a metal detector. The meteorites that a metal detector will find are made up of iron and nickel and will signal on your metal detector as such. Here are a few other characteristics of meteorites to help you avoid overlooking them as plain old rocks.

  • The rock has a dark, glassy crust that looks “melted”.
  • There are thumbprint like impressions on the rock.
  • There are small, round particles (called chondrules) embedded in the rock’s surface.

If you have a hand held pinpointer you can test each rock you’re finding more easily to see if one them is in fact what’s setting off your detector. Meteorites will be attracted to a magnet and are often heavier than most rocks. If you do think you’ve found a meteorite with your metal detector, be sure to have it positively identified by an expert to be sure.

For more information on how to find meteorites with your metal detector, please enjoy these related articles from our learning library.

How to Use Metal Detectors to Find Meteorites

What Are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Meteorites

What Are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers

Is it Possible to Find Meteorites with a Metal Detector?

Finding Meteorites and Gold Nuggets or Gemstones with a Metal Detector

When searching for meteorites or gold and gemstones, you need to have the right metal detector as it will make it easier to find them.

Locating meteorites with a metal detector is both exciting and possible. With all of the attention in the recent media about today’s Meteorite explosion over the Ural Mountains in Russia, it causes one to ponder. The shear magnitude of a meteorite impact is an awe inspiring event. In a Reuters news story entitled “Meteorite explodes over Russia, more than 1000 injured”, the details and extent of the impact can truly be felt. Our thoughts & prayers are with anyone in the affected area.

Meteorites can be broken down in to three main categories:

1. Stony Meteorites

2. Iron and Nickel Meteorites

3. Stony-Iron Meteorites.

While the category of stony meteorites can not be detected with a metal detector, the last two categories of meteorites can easily be located with the correct metal detector that is sensitive enough to do the job. Be sure to read our article on meteorite hunting with a metal detector entitled “What are the Best Metal Detectors for Finding Meteorites?”

Others ask an obvious question, is it possible to locate Gemstones with a metal detector. This is a really good question—with an interesting answer. Michael Bernzweig of says, “A metal detector can’t specifically target gemstones because they are not composed of metal. However natural gold, such as gold nuggets, is often found with precious minerals. So, in your quest for gold, you may come across gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds.” In gold prospecting, these are called indicator minerals. Along with iron and Quartz, certain minerals indicate that gold is nearby. Many treasure hunters search for gold in the hopes of also finding gold and gemstones.

Using a metal detector that is designed to locate gold is an innovative way to acquire precious gemstones. According to hobbyists, there is nothing like the thrill of finding gemstones (and gold)! Many say that one successful outing with a gold detector can pay for the unit. You can find great quality gold detectors in entry-level, mid-level or advanced ranges. There are two articles in our Learning Library that are must-reads for those who want to learn about targeting gold and gemstones: What’s the Best Gold Prospecting Metal Detector? and How to Find Meteorites, Gold & Other Precious Minerals with a Metal Detector.