by Felix A. Bach
FATE Magazine, March 1991
What could be more galling than spotting
still further changes in the monstrous moon objects I’ve been
viewing and telling folks about lately, especially after all the
effort our vaunted “space experts” keep expending to convince us
that nothing is up there?
Despite their sneering claims that moon objects can only be
“illusions,” new ones continue to make surprise appearances, put on
spectacular displays of activity, and then just blithely disappear!
A good example was the original “See Through Bags” object at Crater Rost, a sketch of which was published in FATE (July 1986).
In all the sightings prior to that
sketch, it showed seven puffy, gossamer bags draped from the hooked
end of a very shiny, jet-black (a significant feature of many major
objects) mast about 20 miles tall! Sometime between mid-August and
September of 1986, though, the mast was rotated halfway around, and
the “bags” were strung out on a line stretching some 35 miles over
to Crater Schiller, reminiscent of laundry hanging on a clothesline.
After a dozen or so sightings of this object I naturally assumed it
was a permanent fixture that would stay there forever, just changing
appearance every now and then to do whatever job it does. I
described and sketched the new changes in a later article for the
July 1987 issue of The Gate. Even before that article reached its
readers, astounding changes had already taken place. Sometime before
May 1987, the mast had acquired a new crossbar near its hooked end.
There was also a new fabric-like skirt
running down most of the shaft to the surface (making that part look
like a very tall “teepee”).
A new ribbon of shiny material several miles wide was also draped
from the crossbar swooping down to the surface like a waterfall.
Where it landed, it transformed into a long, tube-like form a mile
or so wide, which subsequently ran across the same 35 miles of
surface over to Crater Schiller that was covered by its former
aerial route. (The whole scene was reminiscent of the familiar
plastic sheets we see draped around our earthly construction sites
nowadays for weather protection.)
There is very little chance of error
about this since I studied the condition at length and under optimal
conditions for three nights in a row, beginning the 10th night after
the Full Moon (May 8, 9, and 10) at high resolution powers up to
500x, (which according to my “Celestron” manufacturer allows viewing
of lunar details as small across as a football stadium.)
Upon looking just one month later I was very surprised to find that
everything described here was gone. Apparently, whatever purpose
this contraption served was completed and it was quickly dismantled
and removed (or maybe just retracted?).
Another of my original sightings published in that same 1986 sketch
in FATE was the “Spectacular Beaded Arch,” parts of which were first
seen with my old 60mm starter telescope as early as 1983. As shown
here again in the sketch accompanying this article, it runs south
roughly 175 miles from near Mt. Hadley toward Mt. Bradley.
Regardless that viewing conditions were good back then it didn’t
matter much because I was still to naive at the time to grasp the
enormity of what I was viewing, anyway (and would not have believed
Then I got a view of more aspects of this arch the next summer while
looking through an 8-inch Meade (S/C) telescope of a neighbor on the
eighth night. He was set for 600x. There were excellent viewing
conditions at the time, which yielded better than twice the
magnification at better clarity than I had ever experienced before.
Even so, I was still unable to connect the various parts seen into a
recognizable whole object yet. I did note that a mysterious bright
bead seemed to be sitting atop Mr. Hadley though, unexplainably
moved from its prior-year location seen somewhere to the east.
I SEE IT ALL
It all came together when the arch became gloriously visible once
again in 1985 on the seventh night (November 19th), while I was
viewing with my own new SPC 8-inch telescope. Because of a different
libration (viewing angle), I was able to see the whole arch from end
to end at a single whack! When I saw that jet black shaft vaulting
about 50 miles above the surface with five bright “beads” spaced
along its length (all verified by great shadows, incidentally), I
finally realized that I was looking at a stupendous object. I had no
idea that still more arches were concealed in the terminator
darkness heading southwest, so I sketched as much as I had seen up
to that time for the first publication.
When the moon got in another favorable libration again in July 1986,
a second beaded arch became visible—a virtual twin sister of the
earlier one, running another 175 miles southward from near Mt.
Bradley almost to Crater Eratosthenes.
As though this second arch wasn’t mind-boggling enough, still a
third little brother arch, about 50 miles long, became visible
snuggled under the twin sister just two months later (in September
1986). At that time, all three arches were visible together similar
to the condition as shown in the sketch on the next page.
Please note the relative position of the Apollo 15 landing site
shown at the announced coordinates of 24N, 2E. If you can see the
fortuitous location as roughly central between the ends of the two
larger arches, then you may suspect that some other very
knowledgeable people know a whole lot about these arches, too.
Incidentally, the Soviets also showed
great interest in them earlier, when their Luna 2 space probe landed
just 80 miles away at 31N, 1E, (they say) a bit off the mark but
still a very respectable position for reconnaissance.
WHERE DID THEY
Once again, all arches shown in the sketch were gone by the time I
viewed the area just one month later (in October 1986). Untimely bad
weather has hindered follow-up viewing ever since, so I can’t say if
they have been visible lately or not. You can see parts of them
pictured in a legitimate 1956 Mt. Wilson photo on plate 7-1 in
Dinsmore Alter’s Pictorial Guide to the Moon, (3rd Revised Edition
1973), as well as on page 9 of The Questar Moon (published since
Since we have these various sightings,
plus independent photographic evidence of their sporadic
reappearances, viewers should keep watching for these arches because
it is most likely they will be visible again as soon as conditions
warrant. Some special mention is deserved by the crane boom shown
above Crater Eratosthenes. Unfortunately, it may show up only
faintly at times, no doubt depending on where it was “parked” after
its last use.
When position, lighting, libration, and perigee (i.e. lunar
nearness) are favorable, it is a joy to see. Due to its 12 or so
mile height, it gets lit several hours before the surface below, so
it gleams with a metallic brilliance that makes it look like a tiny
bar of light floating magically above that whole sea of darkness.
Several hours later, though, viewings will show its distinctive
shadows running across the crater floor and curling around its
The object shows up with sparkling clarity (with shadow) in at least
a half dozen places in The Questar Moon, and a bit less clear but in
more places in Pictorial Guide to the Moon. Artists disguise it as a
rock or rill in most of the “official” published photos (as well as
those that appear in many textbooks and encyclopedia sets).
CHECK IT OUT
Several hundred known objects are now visible on the Moon, with
surprising new ones still popping up on occasion. That is not an
exaggerated number, for on a good, clear night (especially around
the 5th to 9th), a hundred or more objects can be seen in one
evening alone. Many of these are nondescript “post” and “pole” type
things that proliferate in certain areas though, and are not
especially photogenic (or even sketchable). It is not necessary to
view them all to realize something is dreadfully wrong with the
“official” lunar photos and explanations foisted off on us.
Just one good sighting should convince you that these things are not
the illusions that our space gurus and their many cronies piously
claim and urgently insist that we believe without question.
Check these images out with your own eyes by viewing them on a
systematic basis right in your own backyard. You must use a minimum
60mm telescope though, yielding a mid-range power of 140x or more.
Dark sites on remote mountaintops are not needed for this activity
(regardless of popular myths invented to discourage the public from
wholesale viewing). The Moon is so big and bright that even city
lights can hardly hinder your effort. Viewing is relatively
inexpensive, great fun, and a constant source of wild and awesome
After your first unmistakable sighting, you will know that a lot of
very prominent people have conspired to disinform us. That
realization may disappoint you, make you angry about the concerted
dishonesty involved, and cause a deep concern over this abuse of our
trust, rights, and privileges. On the bright side, you will be
immune from further hero worship, skeptical about much of the
cunning propaganda still piled on us, and saved from much of the
futility forced into our lives.
Best of all, knowing the truth dispels
myths and bridges many of the gaps that were so painstakingly
programmed into our thinking, allowing us to share the knowledge
gained from firsthand viewing.