Updated: Feb. 9, 2013
The Lunascan Project (TLP): An EBTI (Earth-Based Telescopic Imaging) project using live CCD & CMOS technology to document and record LTPs (Lunar Transcient Phenomena) and other anomalies observed near the Moon.
The Lunascan Project (TLP) was established in September of 1995 and utilized a giant 16" Newtonian reflector, then later a 10" f/6. The website was created in 1997. The Project now involves the use of an 8" Schmitt Cassegrain, a binocular eyepiece, two computers and an array of monitors and recorders. Previously operated from within a building, the whole system is operated from a van referred to as the "Moon Buggy". Lines from the van provide data nd images to a lab in the building which can be manned by a second crew. Cameras provide live high, medium & low power, high resolution television pictures of the lunar surface.
Observations and recordings are made during available lunar observation periods and reviewed and studied during the following days.
In September of 1995 The Lunascan Project began with three primary goals:
1) To conduct live and recorded high-powered scans of the lunar surface in an serious long-range project to document reports of LTPs (Lunar Transient Phenomena) and FMOs (Fast-Moving Objects or "fastwalkers").
2) To create a comprehensive computer database of LTPs, mistakenly thought to number about 200 in total, mostly anecdotal in nature with numerous drawings, and only a few with photographs. In existence already were two NASA catalogs with about 1500 reports. The lunar nearside had already been divided into 76 Sections (Rukl) so we crerated a clickable chart. The new database would simply list primary target areas by section and region. Also keyed to the database was the location of the most detailed photographs from major observatories and ID numbers of the best NASA images.
3) With the aid of others interested in scientific research of our nearest neighbor, the isolation and placement into proper context the nagging reports of alien artifacts. These reports, documented by numerous authors of numerous books, were being investigated by several verification groups, much more capable than The Lunascan Project and armed with the best images NASA has in its possession (Apollo, Lunar Orbiter and Clementine imagery). These groups pledged their assistance.
4) Strange objects observed possibly NEAR the Moon,
"FMOs" ("Fast-Moving Objects") or "Fastwalkers" were
also being reported. These were seen on more rare
occasions and were easily observed and recorded at lower
5) Meteorite impacts on the dark side. (Seen/IMPACT)
6) In 2013 we set up a new clickable chart for the
lunar Far Side and began research on the most mysterious
and interesting part of the Moon. Project Far Side has a
goal of filling its 87 directories by the end of 2014.
In order to launch the Lunascan Project dream, which was conceived in the 1970's, it became necessary to solicit support and investment capital from several individuals. A newsletter (Lunascan Update) was circulated until we created The Lunascan Project web site, to discuss the research and report the findings. The supporters and members of the project have their feet on the ground and their eyes on the stars, and in particular, the Moon.
With every discovery there are new mysteries and questions. The Moon may not be a dead world as once thought. There remains a lot to be learned. If the Project accomplishes nothing more than serious documented LTP research, it will be considered a resounding success.
Just a little more than a year into the Project, The Lunascan Project team videotaped an object which appeared to be orbiting the Moon. (See U092196).
The best is yet to come. Stay tuned.
Francis L. Ridge,