14 Best Tents for Stargazing Reviewed 2019 – For The Ultimate Nature Romantic!

Camping doesn’t get much better than sleeping with a view of the stars.

We know this.

And now tent manufacturers know this, meaning there are some amazing tents designed with stargazing in mind.

This article will introduce you to those tents, reviewing the best stargazing tents in 2019. Read on for the inside scoop on what to look for when choosing the best tent for stargazing.

Top 14 Best Tents for Stargazing Reviewed 2019

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Backpacking Tent

Review: If you’re looking for quality, MSR is one of the best tent brands, and its Hubba Hubba tent is testament to this.

It will stand up to almost all weather conditions and is ideal for stargazing with a huge dome mesh ceiling and fly that is designed to rollup out of the way to clear your view.

Pros

  • Extremely durable and good quality.
  • Very lightweight.
  • Large dome shaped mesh ceiling.
  • Bathtub floor.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Footprint is sold separately.

Takeaway

Easily one of the best stargazing tents on the market right now for its balance of durability and view of the stars.

Kelty TN 2 Person Tent

Review: Rivalling the Hubba for being the best stargazing tent, the Kelty TN is rated the best backpacking tent on the market by 2 outdoor magazines.

The key feature is the stargazer fly which can be rolled up to reveal an entire half of the tent for unrivaled sky views.

Pros

  • Extremely easy to set up.
  • Lightweight.
  • Almost entirely mesh inner.
  • Bathtub floor.

Cons

  • Only one door.
  • A little tight for space inside.

Takeaway

This is the best backpacking tent for stargazing due to its purpose made rollup fly.

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL Backpacking Tent

Review: This tent has an insane amount mesh and a very spacious interior that makes it perfect for stargazing while being one of the best all round tents on the market.

Pros

  • Top of the line quality.
  • Lightweight – the lightest Big Agnes tent.
  • Interesting pole configuration could make it possible for the fly to be rolled back part way with some DIY skills.

Cons

  • Only 1 door and vestibule – but that’s the price you pay for ultralight.
  • Very expensive.

Takeaway

This is the best ultralight stargazing tent.

Marmot Limelight Camping Tent

Review: This Marmot tent is another top of the line option which will stand up to pretty gnarly weather conditions while still providing ample mesh for those clear nights.

Pros

  • Steep, almost vertical walls make for a very spacious interior.
  • Extremely waterproof and durable in strong winds.
  • High bathtub floor.
  • Comes with footprint.

Cons

  • Only 1 doorway and vestibule.
  • Expensive.
  • Like the Copper Spur, the fly has to be completely off for stargazing.

Takeaway

This is one of the best tents for stargazing if you’re really tall, or you just like a spacious interior!

Kelty Trail Ridge 4 Tent

Review: Like the Kelty TN but larger and with a little less mesh, this tent is designed with stargazing in mind, being one of the few tents that allow for stargazing without the fly having to be completely off.

Pros

  • Rain fly rolls up half way for convenient stargazing.
  • Huge amount of mesh.
  • Steep walls for a spacious interior.

Cons

  • Very heavy for a backpacking tent.

Takeaway

This is the ideal stargazing tent for a group of 3 people.

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL Tent

Review: This ultralight backpacking tent is another winner when looking for a sky view. Like the Hubba, the large dome ceiling is entirely mesh and the interior is spacious and airy.

Pros

  • Spacious interior with 2 doors and vestibules.
  • Top-quality design that will cope with gusty winds and rain.
  • High bathtub floor.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Very expensive.
  • Fly is either completely on or completely off but you can roll up the doors.

Takeaway

This is the best tent to see the stars if you’re looking for a solid tent for all weather conditions.

Coleman Sundome Camping Tent

Review: If your wallet can’t stretch to one of the pricier options above, fear not!

The Coleman Sundome will keep your stargazing dreams alive without breaking your bank account.

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Easy to set up.
  • The walls of the tent aren’t mesh which means if you sleep without the fly, you’ll be protected from cool breezes.

Cons

  • The ceiling isn’t completely mesh, but it does have large mesh panels.
  • Obviously not as durable as the more expensive tents above.

Takeaway

This is the best budget tent for watching the stars.

Mountainsmith Morrison 3 Season Tent

Review: This tent is a very similar design to the Sundome above but a little better quality and with a full-sized fly, coming in mid-range price-wise.

Pros

  • 2 doors and vestibules.
  • Bathtub floor.
  • Simple pole configuration is easy to set up.
  • Large mesh panels suitable for stargazing.

Cons

  • Rainfly has to be completely removed for stargazing.

Takeaway

This is a solid mid-range, 3 season tent, well suited to stargazing in good weather.

Hyke & Byke Yosemite Backpacking Tent

Review: If stargazing and protection from insects are your priorities, this is the tent for you.

Designed specifically with North American no-see-ums in mind and with a serious amount of mesh, you can sleep under the stars safe from being bitten.

Pros

  • Almost completely mesh inner.
  • High bathtub floor.
  • Comes with footprint and gear loft.
  • 2 doors and vestibules.

Cons

  • Requires fly to be completely removed for star views.

Takeaway

This is the best tent for stargazing if you want to really feel like you’re sleeping outside but with reliable protection from insects.

Teton Sports Outfitter Backpacking Tent

Review: For the solo stargazers, this tent’s upper walls and ceiling are entirely mesh providing an unbroken view of the stars.

It’s designed to be raised off the ground on an XL cot but can be used as a regular tent as well.

If you’re interested in more solo tents, check out our article of the best one person tents for backpacking.

Pros

  • High bathtub floor provides protection from surface breezes when the fly is off.
  • Completely mesh ceiling.
  • Easy and quick pop-up design.
  • Very affordable.

Cons

  • Not likely to stand up to bad weather as well as the more expensive tents above.

Takeaway

This is a pop-up tent option for solo travelers wanting a view of the stars in good weather.

Alps Mountaineering Chaos Tent

Review: This is a good quality, mid-range tent that provides great value for money with plenty of mesh in the sloping walls for stargazing.

A little tight for 3 people but very comfortable for 2.

Pros

  • 2 doors and vestibules.
  • Plenty of mesh for sky views.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • On the heavy side.
  • The middle section of the ceiling isn’t mesh.
  • Footprint sold separately.

Takeaway

This tent provides a more spacious option for 2 people while being a very good value.

Eureka Spitfire Backpacking Tent

Review: Another great option for solo stargazers, this tent has huge mesh panels making for an unobstructed view, together with a sturdy design that will stand up to decent winds.

Pros

  • Stable design copes well with wind.
  • High bathtub floor.
  • Predominantly mesh ceiling and walls.
  • More headroom than most 1 person tents.

Cons

  • Stakes are not the best, but these are easy to replace.

Takeaway

This is a top quality solo tent that will serve its camper well in all but the depths of winter.

Nemo Blaze Backpacking Tent

Review: This tent comes as a 1 or 2 person tent, both are great options, providing an impressive amount of liveable space and ample netting for stargazing.

Pros

  • Very lightweight for such a roomy interior.
  • Entirely mesh ceiling and minimal poles for a clear sky view.
  • Very stable pole configuration for an ultralight tent.

Cons

  • A little pricey.

Takeaway

An excellent choice for ultralight backpackers wanting a roomy mesh tent for stargazing.

Wenzel Evergreen 6 Person Tent

Review: This isn’t the tent you’ll want to rely on in anything more than light winds and rain, but its stargazing capacity is phenomenal for good weather nights.

Pros

  • Incredible sky view through completely mesh tent inner.
  • Suitable for larger groups of people and can be separated into 2 rooms.
  • Extremely good value for its size.

Cons

  • Not likely to stand up to much in the way of bad weather.

Takeaway

This tent provides some of the best sky views available for groups of 4-6 people.

So What Makes a Tent Good For Stargazing?

camping tent and stars

There are two categories of factors to consider when looking for the best tent for stargazing:

  • Factors that make the tent a reliable place to sleep, and
  • factors that make the tent good for stargazing.

There’s not much point having a tent that’s amazing for stargazing but doesn’t keep you safe, dry, warm or able to sleep once the gazing is done.

In saying that, if you really want to get down and dirty with the stars, it’s not called “sleeping under the stars” for no reason. The best way to get a good view of the stars is to go without a tent altogether!

But, we’ll assume that if you’re reading this article, you’re looking for a little protection than that.

Sleeping Factors

Factors in this category depend on the kind of camper you are and the conditions you’ll be facing when you go camping.

Different people have different comfort requirements and ideals for how close they get to nature.

Unfortunately for star lovers, clear nights tend to be colder than cloudy nights, so the nights you’re going to be keen to have your views unobstructed are the nights you’ll also appreciate whatever warmth your tent can give you.

Waterproofing

Though admittedly you won’t be doing much stargazing if it’s raining, weather can be hard to predict and you’re guaranteed to get caught out at least once.

Furthermore, it makes far more sense to invest in one really good tent that you can use for a range of camping experiences than multiple tents that aren’t as versatile or reliable.

So, you’ll want to make sure your tent is decently waterproof and capable of protecting you when the weather turns.

If you live in a particularly wet climate, you may want to check out our article on the best waterproof tents.

Sturdy Pole Configuration

Similar to waterproofing, you won’t be doing much stargazing if it happens to be a windy night and your tent is being repeatedly flattened against your face.

A sturdy pole configuration, and strong poles, will keep your tent holding its shape and sheltering you.

Bug Protection

This may not be a factor for everyone – it depends whether you’re going to be camping an area prone to insects that bite.

But if you are, you’ll want a double walled tent with an inner made of as much mesh as possible.

Single-walled tents are going to be no good for stargazing if you run the risk of being eaten when you flip back a wall.

camping tent with amazing view of stars

Stargazing Factors

In terms of what makes a tent good for stargazing, it really comes down to visibility.

The two things that control visibility are the amount of mesh, and the design of the fly.

Plenty of Mesh

Assuming you’re looking at double-walled options, the more mesh the better.

The mesh areas of your tent will effectively become the windows allowing you to watch the stars before you fall asleep.

Look for mesh particularly in the ceiling, and large enough panels for a decent view.

Walls or Doors that Roll Away

Unless you’re sure that the skies are going to be clear all night and you’re happy to sleep with the fly completely off, you’ll need to be able to roll away sections of the fly or the tent wall in order to clear a view of the sky over the area of the tent that your head will be.

Look for large doors or a pole design that will be easy to tie the rolled back fly to.

You may want to kick your DIY skills into action and attach some extra ties or pieces of Velcro in handy places for this purpose.

Summary

So, to sum it all up.

The best tent for stargazing will have a good amount of mesh that isn’t dissected by poles where your view will, but that has a solid construction and a fly that can be easily zipped up if you suddenly require shelter.

Simple, right?

I hope you feel prepared for and excited about your upcoming stargazing adventures in a tent well suited to the experience!

Go ahead and comment below if you’ve tried any of the tents above for stargazing or have anything else to add.

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