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Does the moon have day and night? The same side always faces the earth so does it rotate on its own axis?

Does the moon have a day and a night like we do?

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Day and night are determined by the sun, not the Earth. It's day when the sun is above the horizon, night when the sun is below the horizon. Even though the same side always faces the Earth, the sun is a different matter.
A lunar day and night is the same as a lunar month.

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There are a few basic things to be aware of.
  1. This is an astronomical telescope so there is no erecting lens combination. So, everything you look at will be upside down.
  2. As a refracting telescope you have virtually no maintenance. A good thing.
  3. This telescope has an equatorial mount. Basically the mount corrects for the off-axis spin of the earth. The quick and dirty way to align the scope is to set position on the mount to 0hrs and 90 degrees. Make sure you are setup on a level surface and then rotate the entire telescope and tripod so that it faces north. Depending on your Latitude and longitude Polaris or the north start will appear higher or lower in the sky. Polaris is called the north star because it is within 1degree of the true north and it is always in the same spot throughout the night and year. The mount will have a third adjustment point near the base to adjust for the apparent change in position caused by the curvature of the earth. Once it is lined up try pointing the telescope at a bright star. The smaller the mm number on the eyepiece the higher the magnification. The beauty of an equatorial mount is that once you have it properly aligned on an object you only have to adjust on axis to keep the object in view.
I could write pages on this please re-post with some more specific questions and I will try my best to answer them for you. Good luck and happy star hopping.

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