Stargazing is one of those activities that can be done with no equipment at all, or all the equipment in the world. I’ve wild camped in the middle of nowhere and just stared at the stars, and I’ve been to some of the largest observatories in the world. Just like buying outdoors kit, it comes down to what you want as an end result.
Kit for Simple Stargazing
If you’re out wild camping or anywhere that requires a walk, it’s tough to carry lots of kit with you. Luckily, simple stargazing doesn’t require lots of kit! If all you want to do is observe the sky, I’d recommend taking a good roll mat, ground sheet and sleeping bag. All you do then is lie down and watch!
It will take around 20 minutes for your eyes to fully adapt to the darkness so you’ll see more and more as time goes on. Try to avoid getting your phone out too often as this will ruin your night vision, putting you right back to square one. As you lie there you’ll see a plethora of satellites fly overhead, shooting stars, constellations, and deep sky objects. You can find out when there’s likely to be lots of shooting stars using the Meteor Shower Guide App.