Best Tents For Stargazing

So maybe you've had a tough week at the office, the kids have had more energy than usual or you're just going on a camping trip and need to unwind and get away from all the daily stresses that life throws at you.

When it comes to relaxing, clearing your mind and your thoughts and just becoming one with the environment, stargazing is one of the best activities you can do because  it allows you to really capture the beauty of the universe, that we really don't notice on a regular day.

You may find yourself in awe while staring at the stars. Not many of us are able to just take the time out of our night to be able to do this but one of the best times to stargaze is when you are out camping either alone or with friends and family. Some of the best stargazing spots are found on camp grounds.

Benefits Of Stargazing

There are lots of people who like to stargaze just as a hobby or maybe to just relax but very few people know that there are actually social and educational benefits directly related to stargazing.

Enviormental Awareness

Once you start to stargaze, you will actually start to see how much of a negative effect that bigger city lights have on the environment and how much light pollution really affects our planet and animals.

Connecting With Nature

As you are stargazing you will begin to feel a “oneness” with the universe. You will realize how small you are on such a big planet but yet how important your existence is and that you really do matter.

Sense Of Peace And Calmness

 While staring into the night sky, you start to develop a sense of peace and calmness, almost as if you don’t have any worries for that moment. This is one of the best ways to really help you relax and clear your mind while “resetting” yourself in a sense.

It’s Educational

 Stargazing is an excellent way to be able to introduce you child to math and teach them how to count, identify different shapes and patterns and really help them to open their imagination. Kids will be a lot more receptive to learning this way as it is not the traditional school and chalkboard style teaching but a way that allows them to open their imagination and explore.

It's An Amazing Romantic Pastime

There's almost nothing more romantic than lying down with your significant other and just watching the stars. This gives you quiet time, and a chance to talk, love one another with no interruptions and be able to grow closer than ever before.

What To Look For In A Stargazing Tent

There are a few things you should consider when looking for tents to stargaze in. You will want to consider the size of your tent, especially if you are not alone, as you don’t want to be cramped up in your tent. Ventilation is also something to look for, so you are able to relax and stay cool. Mesh windows and roofs not only add to the ventilation and breathe-ability but they also allow you to stargaze from within your tent if you’d like, as you are able to see through mesh.

The Top 5 Tents For Stargazing

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent

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The MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent is a dome shaped, one size tent, that has two doors and is made from a high-quality rip-stop nylon. Weighing 3 pound 7 ounces this is a super lightweight tent and if you remove the rainfly, which you won’t need if you are stargazing, it will bring the tent weight down to around 2 pounds, perfect for if you need to do a bit of walking around to find the perfect stargazing spot.

  • Total see through mesh top
  • Durable aluminum steel poles
  • Lots of head and elbow room throughout the tent
  • Two large vestibules to store gear
  • Compact compression so you can easily re-pack the tent
  • Difficult to set-up when windy
  • Footprint not included

Kelty TN 2-Person Tent

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The Kelty TN 2-Person Tent is an excellent stargazing tent that is 5 inches high, 12 inches wide and has a floor area of 27.5 square feet. This tent is equipped with a tent cube storage so you can easily pack away the tent and with a packed weight of 4.9 pounds you can be sure that this tent will not being weighing you down.

  • Snap clip poles to make assembly very easy
  • Lightweight and compact
  • 10ft2 x 10ft2 vestibule area for extra storage
  • Durable 70D Nylon fabric
  • Only comes with one door
  • The amount of guy lines that come with this tent may not hold it down during heavy winds

Big Agnes - Copper Spur Backpacking Tent

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The Big Agnes - Copper Spur Backpacking Tent is made for 1-Person and is made from a nylon material that is lightweight and breathable. Aluminum made poles and a trail weight of 5 pounds 5 ounces, makes this tent very compact and portable. The wall construction is steep and with the crossover pole design it allows more interior space.

  • Reflective guy lines so you don't trip over them at night
  • Optional freestanding design
  • Interior mesh pockets
  • Gear loft loops
  • Material is prone to snags from being so thin
  • Footprint not included

TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent

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The Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent is a 1-Person tent that is super durable and has a trail weight of 3.3 pounds. You’ll be able to get an amazing view from this tent as it is made entirely from mesh allowing you a complete 360 view. Also comes with vestibules for extra storage.

  • Footprint is Included
  • Completely fends off condensation because of the micro mesh walls
  • Heat taped seams and anchor points
  • Plenty of interior space
  • Pocket located on the roof to put your gear in
  • Footprint does not cover the ground in the vestibule
  • There are no windows

Marmot Tungsten 3-Person Tent

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The Marmot Tungsten 3-Person Tent is a 3 season roomy tent that is equipped with two D-shaped doors so you won’t have to disturb anyone coming in and out. Included is a lamp shade pocket that is designed to be able to disperse light from a headlamp to illuminate the interior.

  • Color coded clips for easy set-up
  • No-See-Um mesh, perfect for stargazing and keeping bugs out
  • PU coated 68-denier polyester fabric floor for durability
  • Small interior pockets to keep your smaller essentials nearby
  • May need more stakes then it comes with to be properly pitched

Conclusion

Choosing the perfect stargazing tent does not have to be difficult. You want to make sure that your tent is mostly mesh so you are able to see through it and you also want to make sure you have a durable tent so just in case you are stargazing on a windy night, there are no worries about your tent blowing in the wind.

Considering all of these elements that make up a great stargazing tent, the Marmot Tungsten 3 Person Tent would be my recommendation. It has all of the qualities that you could ever need, while still being affordable at the same time.

About the Author Kyle Grey

Hey Everyone! My name is Kyle Grey and I am the guy behind outdoor intensity. I am an avid camper and have been camping for well over 10 years. Camping and the outdoors is something that I am super passionate about and because of that I decided to share my experience and knowledge that I have gained over the past 10 years.

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