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PRICES

For buyers outside Australia all prices are in US dollars. For Australian buyers the prices are in Australian dollars.

Order by EMAIL ONLY. Email to graham@fluoromins.com.au . List the rocks you want and include your name, shipping address, and phone number.

Be careful with spelling – I don’t deal in flOUrescence! Orders will be processed in the order their emails are received. ORDERS SENT BY MESSENGER (OR SIMILAR) WON’T WORK. I will indicate sold rocks as soon as possible. If you order a rock that was already sold when I received your order I will let you know, and reserve those that are OK for you until I hear back from you within a reasonable time.

SHIPPING COSTS

Unfortunately shipping from Australia can be expensive. The weight of each specimen is given so you can calculate what the shipping cost will be, whether your order is just one rock, or several. Weights are rounded up to allow for packaging. For buyers not in Australia I will subsidise the freight costs for orders over 1kg at 50% of the actual rate that I have to pay to send. Subsidised rates (i.e. what you will pay) are shown in red in the table below. For buyers in Australia normal Auspost rates apply.

PAYMENT

Payment from outside Australia only by PayPal to graham@fluoromins.com.au

Payment in Australia please use Direct Deposit if you can. Email me for bank details.

To be fair to everyone, payment needs to be received within 2 days of your order or amended order being placed, otherwise the sale is voided.

THE ROCKS

All rocks less than #150 are small. A US Quarter Dollar or $1 bill gives scale.
Most rocks greater than #150 are larger, some quite large. You may want to add small inexpensive pieces to your order to bring it up close to shipping cut-off weights as shown in the table below.

Some Puttapa and Third Plain rocks fluoresce and phosphoresce in completely different colours under SW and LW.

THE PHOTOS

If there is no letter near a photo, it is Short Wave.
L near a photo means Long Wave
SW,LW means both Short and Long Wave
SW P means phosphorescence after Short Wave
LW P means phosphorescence after Long Wave

BRIGHTNESS

All SW photos were taken with 2 small (5W) lamps close to the specimen, and a more powerful one overhead. The two small close-up lamps provided most of the UV. Many of the photos could have been taken without the overhead lamp, which just lighted the tops of the specimens. The LW photos were taken with a similar setup using 365nm LEDs. To get the brightness of some of my photos you may need to hold (or place) the specimen close to your UV source. That is because many Australian specimens require fairly strong UV for optimal brightness.

CLOSE-UPs

Photos where you can’t see the whole rock are close-ups i.e. zoomed in. Many of these rocks have quite spectacular features that are too small to be seen by the naked eye. But those features are there and can be seen by photographing them. Sometimes serious magnification is needed. I’ve included the close-ups so you can know more about your rock, and appreciate extra beauty that’s there even if you can’t see it. Just like you can see the stars, but you know there are amazing galaxies in the sky above you and you can’t see them without a telescope. If you can take your own close-ups many of these uniquely Australian rocks will provide hours of fascinating photography and many beautiful photos – very possibly better than mine!

PHOSPHORESCENCE – or AFTERGLOW

Almost all the Puttapa, Aroona and Third Plain rocks contain willemite and so are phosphorescent. Some have strong very long-lasting fluorescence. Your eye sees things in real time, so you only get a brief fading view of the phosphorescence. The camera, however, allows light to accumulate while the shutter is open and so a static image is built up. The shutter was open for up to 30 seconds for all my phosphorescence photos.

FOCUS STACKING

It is difficult to get all of a picture in perfect focus, especially in close-ups. In “focus stacking”, the camera automatically takes multiple photos, each with a slightly different part in perfect focus, then those photos are combined using the in-focus parts of each one. All my photos used focus stacking, with the number of photos in each stack ranging from about 10 to over 100. Sometimes the combining process leaves little “artifacts” which can be removed, but that takes time. So in some photos you may see little white lines appearing to radiate from a central point. They are not in the rocks!

ENQUIRIES

Enquiries are welcome.
Phone: Australia: 0408 372 737. Overseas: Your international dialling code, then 61 408 372 737. Email: graham@fluoromins.com.au

Thanks,
Graham Fraser
651 Hydes Ck Rd
Hydes Creek NSW 2454 AUSTRALIA.