Best Tent For Stargazing
Stargazing is something that I have always loved to do with my two kids. That is why today I am sharing with you what I feel is the best tent to see stars. From a mesh roof tent to all other kinds of tents, I have tried many different ones. Over the last few weeks of summer, I was given the chance to try out three different tents. So keep on reading to see how these tents matched up to me and my kids. By the way, these are all mesh roof tents and the idea there is that you can lay back and on a clear night, look up at the stars! You might need to read our guide on the best astrology books for star gazing.
Kelty TN2 Person Tent
The first tent we have is this Kelty 2 person tent. While it is a two person tent the floor space was more than enough room for me, my two kids and a couple of back packs, but a couple of larger adults may find it a little snug. This is the cheapest out of the three tents and it goes for just over 200 bucks. The quality of the tent is great. This is a mesh roof tent so it is nice and bright inside and it is regarded as one of the best tent to see stars as it has a stargazing panel which is awesome and my kids used to stay up until 3 AM looking for UFO’s.
The tent was very easy to set up. The poles were nice and light weight and if you have put one tent up, you will have no trouble with this. It comes with a handy bag that makes putting it away very easy, oh it also comes with the spikes that you need to put it into the ground. The tent is great, but there is one small design flaw that may bother some of you. When using the stargazing flap, you create a bit of a sink on top of the tent which can lead to a pool of water if it is raining. It is not a huge problem, but it is there.
Ideal if you want to go stargazing with kids
Easy to set up and take down
Comes with a handy little bag
Water can pool on the top when using stargazing feature
Larger adults may find it a bit cramped
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent
At just a hair under $400, this Hubba Hubba tent is a little pricier. To start with, this tent looks awesome. It is a mesh roof tent and it is made very, very well. We used this for a weekend of Stargazing in July and it was perfect. The roof is designed with rain in mind as it has gutters to help make the water flow away which is great. I can see why some people say this is the best tent to see stars as it has a large double opening and me and the boys actually had this open and were laying in the tent looking up at the stars, it was really cool and very comfortable.
The material and the poles are very lightweight so if you are walking far from the car to the camping spot, you will not even notice it. Set up and take down is nice and easy, even the kids can help so that was a very nice bonus. The poles the first time we set it up were very straight, but after that first use, they have a slight bend which makes set up even easier. The room inside was more than enough for me and my two sons, along with a couple of backpacks. In all this was a fantastic tent. It just has a high quality look and feel to it. I honestly feel that the near 400 bucks asking price is very fair.
Has gutters for the rain
Very nice amount of room inside
First set up may be a little harder
Can be a bit hard to get back in bag
Big Agnes – Copper Spur UL Backpacking Tent with mtnGLO Light Technology
The Big Agnes is the final tent we got to check out and this one is a three person tent so the room it offered is great, but we did not feel it was all that much more than the two man tents we have looked at. This tent has two doors, which made getting in and out very easy, even the kids and their ton of junk they bought stargazing with us! Ok so let me say first of all putting the tent up was very easy. I think if you have put up one tent, you can pretty much put up any other tent. What makes this one a bit different though is the fact that there is lighting in actual in this tent. These do require batteries, but man is this cool and if you need to wake up at 2 in the morning to answer nature’s call, you can easily see the tent in the dark.
Inside the tent, you and the kids or the person you are with will have a decent amount of room to play with. It is a very good tent, but I do not think I would say it is the best tent to see stars. The quality is good, it is easy to set up and then take down, but this is a tent that costs nearly 550 bucks! That is a lot of money to pay and to be honest with you at this price range I would expect a lot more room inside of the tent. Still not a bad tent, but I just feel the price is a little bit high.
Very well made
You will not have trouble setting up or taking down
Lights and reflective guylines make it easy to see in the dark
Not that much bigger than a 2 man tent
Things To Consider When Buying A Tent For Stargazing
Here are a few of the things I feel you need to consider when buying a tent to use to go stargazing.
Size: When a company says that their tent is a 3 man tent, that does not really tell you a lot. Likewise with a 2, 4 or whatever man tent. I have used 2 man tents that are just as big as a 3 man tent! So if you are worried about how much floor space you have. Make sure you look at the dimensions of not the whole tent, but the section inside specifically.
It Is Easy To Set Up A Tent: I have used many different tents and I would say that most tents these days are very similar in how you set them up. The first set up can always be a little brutal so do not worry about that. With each set up it gets easier and easier. To the point when you can get it up in just minutes, well unless the kids are trying to help and keep getting in the way. But eventually, you will be able to let the kids set it up and that is cool to see.
Price: Just because a tent is priced at over 500 bucks and has the word outdoor in the name does not automatically mean it is the best tent to see stars! You do not have to spend a fortune on a tent to get a good one. So please do not think that dropping an extra couple of hundred bucks automatically means you get a lot more space and a higher build quality.
So What Is The Best Tent To See Stars?
All three that I got to check out are what you would class as a mesh roof tent which is ideal for seeing stars. But if I had to pick just one I would go for the MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent. We just loved this tent. The size it offered was great, the build quality was awesome and in general, for 400 bucks, you are getting just a tremendous product. I can assure you that this is going to give you many years of use. You and your family will be able to get many years of stargazing with this tent. The other two were good and we had a lot of fun with them. But I have to give the thumbs up and the winner’s trophy to the MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Tent.