StarScope Monocular is a SCAM! (Here's Why) - Krazy Ken's Tech Talk

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The StarScope Monocular telescope attaches to your iPhone and claims to be "like a $4,000 DSLR (camera)." But for only $48, it seems too good to be true, right? That's because it is a scam. Here's why…
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StarScope Monocular is a SCAM! (Here's Why) - Krazy Ken's Tech Talk
TO CLARIFY, when I was talking about "seeing" Saturn, I meant to say "photograph." Telescope equipment for seeing vs. photographing is different, and costs may vary.
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  • Computer Clan
    Computer ClanBulan Yang lalu

    🔊Hey all! Did you know I have a podcast? There's more I wanted to cover on this scam product, but it was difficult to shove it all into one episode without it being too long. So here's the deal! I'd like to talk more about this product (and the behind-the-scenes story of the making of this episode) on my podcast, No Cameras Allowed. So subscribe to it (it's free) and binge the past episodes while you wait for the new ones! Enjoy!

  • CaptainNutzlos


    7 hari yang lalu

    This ad like the stupid coaching ads and the ad with the band aid with the tar on it , I Hate Them !!! i cant imagine people are dumb enough to buy this sh.t

  • Journey Into Coco

    Journey Into Coco

    12 hari yang lalu


  • keyser soze

    keyser soze

    13 hari yang lalu

    @Computer Clan yeah, I'm really glad I came across your channel. I'm now a subscriber, thanks man.

  • Computer Clan

    Computer Clan

    13 hari yang lalu

    @keyser soze out of stock... wow. They’re full of excuses.

  • keyser soze

    keyser soze

    13 hari yang lalu

    After running across your channel and seeing this, it had already been almost a month since I ordered the product, which gave me a price of $140 if I bought 4, so I did. After seeing this I contacted them and asked when was I going to get my order, and they said they were out of stock. I asked for a refund, they said ok, and asked if I minded explaining why, I said, besides the fact that it's been almost a month, and now your saying your out of stock, I started seeing all the complaints about them on Google. They offered me a10% discount on my order if I didn't cancel it, I said thanks but no, then they offered me a 20% discount, I said thanks but no, then they offered me a 30% discount, I said thanks but no. In the end they said ok, and said it would be a week to 10 days before I get the refund. I said I own two stores of my own and when someone asks me for a refund, that paid by credit card, I refund their money right then, but I said ok, I'll wait ten days before I turn it over to my credit card company, got my refund a few days later. Their customer service folks were very nice, they said they've been in business for 8 years, that seems like a long time. So was anybody happy with what they got?

  • Lazbing
    Lazbing8 jam yang lalu

    Great Review. Just one thing, the Gen 1 version is 8x40 not 10x40 so even there the scam is on. I bought one of these thinking (probably like a fool) that I could get 40x60 because that was what it said on the ad. I waited over 2 months for the delivery and then got this thing. Admittedly it's not a bad little 8x40 but that's not what i thought i was buying! They gave me 30% discount because of the delay in delivery really quickly and offered another 20% more when I queried the performance but this seems to be par for the course for complaints (take a look in Trustpilot). Personally I'd never pay £37.99 (+£6.95 delivery) for an 8x10 scope in the first place if i'd have known as this is 'toy' territory. I also had no way of knowing which generation i was buying. So be warned. Starscope is an dubious company at best.....AVOID !

  • Thomas De Wolfhound
    Thomas De Wolfhound17 jam yang lalu

    Nice job - excellent analysis

  • G2
    G2Hari Yang lalu

    I saw a similar ad to this with less ridiculous claims and thought it might not be a scam, but yikes that is quite the scam

    UNITED USA 2020 & BEYONDHari Yang lalu

    Yep I got scammed on it and to make it even worse I bought three of them not knowing thinking I was taking advantage of a good deal to buy them for a couple extras for a friend and family member If you purchased it get your money back immediately or at least try to if you can. It's a total b******* product 100% a scam

  • Robert Taylor
    Robert TaylorHari Yang lalu

    I've been waiting for 2 months now, still no sign of it.

  • tosvus
    tosvus2 hari yang lalu

    in fairness, good zoom lenses actually don't change outside length of the lens if you zoom - but yeah this is totally a scam.

  • pdxwildchild Roberts
    pdxwildchild Roberts2 hari yang lalu

    Soooo, has anyone reported this juicy info to the ATTORNEY GENERAL'S FRAUD DIVISION ❓🤬

  • P. Rob H.
    P. Rob H.3 hari yang lalu

    Wow I'm glad I saw this is was about to get it

  • Oakland Republic
    Oakland Republic3 hari yang lalu

    U would think Utube would make these damn commercials have validation of some sort

  • Anonymous Freak
    Anonymous Freak3 hari yang lalu

    LOLOLOL! I *JUST* got an ad for this on IDdown! Same video ad, but now it's "superzoomtech dot com" And product is now "Cosmoscope Monocular". Still very obviously using Nikon P900 footage, still calling the college "Joe Hopkins", still showing at least three different physical products all claiming to be the same item. Ad even says "Amy from Texas went on a Kenya safari last May." Yeah, I highly doubt that…..

  • Custmzir
    Custmzir3 hari yang lalu

    I can see bull***t from more than 10 kilometres away, it won't make me more resistant to bull***t

  • drumhellerm
    drumhellerm3 hari yang lalu

    It's mispronunciation, not "mispronounciation".

  • Cyborg Gerbil
    Cyborg Gerbil3 hari yang lalu

    This scam product is listed next to your video on the right, as an advert. 😁 If it sounds to good to be true....IT IS.

  • Brian Fretwell
    Brian Fretwell4 hari yang lalu

    Well they say 10x50 which seems just a standard monocular. Also I can see things thousands of miles away, like the moon, just with my bare eyes.

  • David Humphrey
    David Humphrey4 hari yang lalu

    Like they say don't believe everything you see and hear consumers beware

  • Lee Dile
    Lee Dile4 hari yang lalu

    *But those X-ray glasses sold in comic book ad's are real, aren't they?*

  • kere pop
    kere pop4 hari yang lalu

    It's already more of a scam if it's 69$, "nice".

  • jayc2469
    jayc24694 hari yang lalu

    They re telling the truth! DLSR = Digital-Lens Single Reflex

  • F3rr3ll RAF
    F3rr3ll RAF5 hari yang lalu

    😂 I noticed the DLSR mistake a few weeks ago... there's another IDdown advert about running a pc on a usb stick without a hard drive. He then shows the removed *"hard drive"* ... which is a laptop's DVD drive 😂

  • Mi G
    Mi G5 hari yang lalu

    They say it's possible to see Uranus due to the Starscopes easy one hand handling and extreme 10/50 lense.

  • Pieter van ESS
    Pieter van ESS5 hari yang lalu

    I have been telling viewers often : ANYTIME ,you are considering purchasing a PRODUCT , or a SERVICE ; GOOGLE CUSTOMER REVIEWS , and when you do so , SCROLL DOWN past the first 8 or 9 reviews , they, are the sellers reviewing themselves ! When you do this, you shall be amazed at the amount of lies , and garbage that is sold on internet .

  • gecko/36a
    gecko/36a6 hari yang lalu


  • Jimbo Jones
    Jimbo Jones6 hari yang lalu

    The Chinese knock off on the Global Market Sales Handbook - For Dumb Consumers Step 1. Insert the Same Music, use American Voice Robo Speech, make INSANELY OUTRAGES claims, and do all this at a "low low price" on IDdown or Amazon Step 2. ???? Step 3. Profit

  • astrojourneyuk
    astrojourneyuk6 hari yang lalu

    😂😂😂 if only there were laws against stopping rubbish like this.

  • Konstantin Borus
    Konstantin Borus6 hari yang lalu

    "Yellow Flag" hm... because it made in....?

  • Clark Eugene
    Clark Eugene6 hari yang lalu

    I'd say that the most honest part attributed to this episode is that they didn't take his money and not send the product.

  • anynameavailablewtf
    anynameavailablewtf6 hari yang lalu

    Good job to IDdown for advertising this product.

  • Charles Smith
    Charles Smith7 hari yang lalu

    Thank you you just see any some money. I'm visually impaired and I love things that allow me to see further and better I was very excited to hear about the starscope but something in the back of my head just kept delaying getting one. I would have been very disappointed and then I would have gotten mad and I don't need that right now. So thank you for saving me time and b*******

  • No Diggity
    No Diggity7 hari yang lalu

    I got one of these for fifty penc3e in a charity shop. Money well spent.

  • M Kay
    M Kay7 hari yang lalu

    When any advert starts "should this be banned" or a certain group want this product banned i.e doctors / plumbers / electricians/ certain industry or government want this product banned for being so great........then you know it is just BS

  • YafatFuqa
    YafatFuqa8 hari yang lalu

    I dont like the shape of his head

  • Hugh G Rection
    Hugh G Rection8 hari yang lalu

    I can report that I have received not one cent in refund from these crooks even though I returned their junk over 6 weeks ago. I get no answers to my emails, they completely ignore me. What i do get is request from their so called "customer service " asking me what I think of their so called customer service. I have accepted the fact that they will not refund me and if I can dissuade just one person from buying this worthless crap, then I shall gladly sacrifice my money for that purpose.

  • 308 Sniper
    308 Sniper8 hari yang lalu

    Thanks for the review dude! I literally had their page open and thought, “I better check reviews on this thing”. So glad I did!

  • Clark Eugene

    Clark Eugene

    6 hari yang lalu

    You were wise to do so. I'm gonna go to his evaluation site before I purchase anything that I am not familiar with.

  • Greg Williams
    Greg Williams8 hari yang lalu

    It's a $40 Monocular. It won't do the windows.

  • Taylor Mitchell
    Taylor Mitchell9 hari yang lalu

    As you pointed out it is not "Joe Hopkins" nor is it "John Hopkins" (as your incorrectly claimed). The university is named in honor of 19th-century Maryland philanthropist JOHNS HOPKINS. Hence, Johns Hopkins University. Aside from that you provided a good and entertaining review. Nice work.

  • Thingsandstuff Withinmebrain
    Thingsandstuff Withinmebrain9 hari yang lalu

    I agree with the point of the video overall 100% but Just to be clear, Saturn most certainly is a naked eye object... you don't even need binoculars to see it. Sorry to be "that guy" lol :) Other than that, great vid!

  • Ivar Leon Menger
    Ivar Leon Menger10 hari yang lalu

    Great video! Very funny, thanks :-)

  • Dave L
    Dave L10 hari yang lalu

    Its a scam alright.. the inconsistent info is because they make many versions of the same scam product and likely use a version in one area or country and another version elsewhere. it is likely linked to the same company selling this and they make millions. Its strange youtube keep showing these ads

  • Giu Giu
    Giu Giu10 hari yang lalu

    I expect nothing else from IDdown, letting con artist sell their shit.

  • Robert Bradfield
    Robert Bradfield10 hari yang lalu

    paid after 2 1/2 months waiting and then threatening with trading standards and contacting IDdown got a refund. total CON

    A SMITH WITH NO NAME10 hari yang lalu

    Lol I love bad grammatical errors.....reading through product descriptions on Ebay & Amazon is a good night in for me 😁

  • Ian Toller
    Ian Toller11 hari yang lalu

    Was thinking of buying one of these for my daughter. I won't now. You've just saved me 39 quid. Thanks.🙂

  • Francisco Neto
    Francisco Neto11 hari yang lalu

    From everybody that work with open box giving they’re on this reveal you are by far the best thank you

  • Tony Wright
    Tony Wright11 hari yang lalu

    NOt mistakes = it's a scam and always has been. It started out as a sscam and remains a scam, they should be keelhauled on a wooden ship

  • computerpro 125
    computerpro 12511 hari yang lalu

    I got a phone telescope ad LOL

  • Maverick
    Maverick11 hari yang lalu

    These are Chinese companies selling this crap, once you buy it good luck trying to return it to China, because you’re spend an insane amount to ship it back to China then the thing is worthless because it doesn’t do what it states, so you just end up keeping it and chalking it up to experience. I know I fell for some crap once before for a jacket that looked nice on the model but when I got it was cheap crap and it wasn’t worth the hassle to send it back so I gave it to Goodwill.

  • Fred Weis
    Fred Weis11 hari yang lalu

    But you didnt show us the results

  • Paul Bell
    Paul Bell12 hari yang lalu

    These are £10 on eBay but Joe Hopkins! What a laugh.

  • Sea-Saw
    Sea-Saw12 hari yang lalu

    this is a scam therefore fraud therefore illegal .. so how come Google are still allowed to make money from the ad 🤷‍♀️

  • Shastina
    Shastina12 hari yang lalu

    I noticed "Joe Hopkins University" right off! That's how I found my way to your review! Like Plumsmuggler 's comment about her degree in the mail from Joe 😂, I want my degree in spotting 🐂💩! You should get ask for your masters in it! 😂 Thanks for the review!

  • Mike Fall
    Mike Fall12 hari yang lalu

    If your lucky you might see uranus ,or someone elses.

  • FireAntzBlazing
    FireAntzBlazing12 hari yang lalu

    Can you do one on that Damn Flashlight I bought One Ive Never Got it

  • American Republican
    American Republican12 hari yang lalu

    I agree it's scam right off because of miss spellings and the fake high tensive laboratory scientist made.. if it's this good as they claim then every military in the world would have this as combative recon this couldn't come even close to American sniper scopes. If I wanted that I surely would get sniper scope..big difference in prices..if your able to get such as being civilian.

  • Marcus Bürger
    Marcus Bürger12 hari yang lalu

    I supported this video by watching the Starscope ad afterwards.

  • Ted thesailor
    Ted thesailor12 hari yang lalu

    Well done, you. These bogus claims need calling out...

  • k quat
    k quat12 hari yang lalu

    Starscopes will be used for the next space telescope. They're that good.

  • Roy Rj
    Roy Rj12 hari yang lalu

    I ordered one of these in February....never seen it...asked for my money back 💩💩

  • Nanna
    Nanna12 hari yang lalu

    thank you so much for this investigation! My alarm bells were ringing all too, good to know!

  • Chucky Gman
    Chucky Gman12 hari yang lalu

    That's really a good video thank you so much for doing that video I all must spent money On this bull crap telescope I've been looking at this from months going back and forth to the website Decided Trying to decide if I'm gonna buy it so I decided to go on IDdown and search it and the 1st video That's popped up was yours I'm truly glad that I washed it completely because I almost made a bad decision of buying that garbage So now you have a new subscriber thank you so much keep making more videos To take down Bad products Of the market and there some stuff that are good and you wanna buy it but you're not sure if it's really good stuff to buy So I think you so much for this video and I look forward to watching more of your videos Thank you so much.

  • Throefly
    Throefly12 hari yang lalu

    Hey, the ability to see bullshit from three miles away could save me a lot of trouble. Too bad it's not worth the $45-80 they are ostensibly charging for this piece of junk. I guess I'll go buy a real spotting scope.

  • Trev latham
    Trev latham12 hari yang lalu

    i was one of them victims payed 50 pounds for a load of crap

  • Mike Arias
    Mike Arias12 hari yang lalu

    Not yonna badh but i have seen saturn with a monoscope with ir and 3x zoom

  • Dr Gunsmith
    Dr Gunsmith13 hari yang lalu

    First time I ever seen one of their adds... I was like 🖕

  • K.L. Manring
    K.L. Manring13 hari yang lalu

    Thank you for saving me some money! You ROCK! I wanted it to take pics of the moon which they claimed I could do with it. SMH

  • Vaticider69
    Vaticider6913 hari yang lalu

    Ha downvoted by 157 people who want to extend my car ins on the phone

  • kenneth evanger
    kenneth evanger13 hari yang lalu

    Thanks, I was going to order one because of all their hype. I think I'll spend a little more and get a bushnell, unless you've done an assessment of them.....Have a big, bad beautiful day.

  • Sebastian Meer
    Sebastian Meer13 hari yang lalu

    The StarScope Monocular was the opening advert to this video...! "The British Privacy Commission wants to make this monocular illegal", but there is no such body. Maybe they mean the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)?

  • Tom Bernal Jr
    Tom Bernal Jr14 hari yang lalu

    Had you checked “Wristcam”??

  • Star Pillars
    Star Pillars14 hari yang lalu

    It reminds me of another telescope scam, the telescope with a cheap camera sensor in it that had a fairly successful kickstarter but lying to people lol

  • Janis Thompson
    Janis Thompson14 hari yang lalu

    Already bought one! AND the attachment to a smartphone! I purchased as a xmas gift for my husband, the attachment came (in time to go in his stocking)! The actual monocular came after several email contacts with their customer contacts, and, yes, they were very nice and ‘ helpful'. The upshot is that I got the product in March, wrapped it up, a price! So it sits in a drawer...scam, scam, scam. I knew it might be, but I’ve always wanted a monocular for birding, etc. pictures, and the price was the big sales goodie! I’ve subscribed to your site, and WILL LISTEN TO YOU!!! I promise.

  • keyser soze

    keyser soze

    13 hari yang lalu

    So you actually got it? I'm guessing it's sitting in the draw because it didn't work?

  • journeyman3739
    journeyman373914 hari yang lalu

    Boy I'm sure glad I came across your channel I've been thinking of buying a minocular for several weeks and they have three different prices for different magnification so thank you I think I'll invest in a decent camera 👍

  • John Michael Saraceno
    John Michael Saraceno14 hari yang lalu

    You are correct, I purchased it, I waited for a month as they asked, when I emailed for a ship date, they said they could off me a 20% discount, which I accepted so I waited another 2 weeks. I contacted them again and they said they did not have a ship day, so I canceled the order, they did credit my card for the full amount.

  • Ryan Clay
    Ryan Clay14 hari yang lalu

    When it comes to advertising, they all make claims that just make our heads shake and as for miss spelling thing's and miss pronouncing the names of the things and places, that is to avoid law suits of false advertising and law suits of false working products and this company is not the only ones who are doing that to this day. If you found the information about how advertisers deliberately "miss spell or pronounced thing's" to both fool the public and avoid law suits, please like my comment. Thank you.

  • ThiasS
    ThiasS14 hari yang lalu

    YT should block this unserious advertising!

  • ThiasS
    ThiasS14 hari yang lalu

    Excellent work!

  • Valerie Byrd
    Valerie Byrd14 hari yang lalu

    I had red flags going off flying all over the place when i seen their adds. My gut it was lies and a lot of deception And a lot of blowing smoke at people. Good job on your review and hope they dont or can't use your info to do any damage.Other than that 👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • Chris Griffith
    Chris Griffith14 hari yang lalu

    I love your revealing the absurdity of this scam product. BUT, I had an ametuer astronomer actually find and show me Saturn at 3:00pm in the afternoon! He located it with the naked eye, (yes it was a "dot" in the sky) and then showed me once he trained his 20 inch twin reflex telescope onto it, it then was about the size of a quarter in the view frame. So yes, you can see Saturn from Earth with the naked eye if your vision is good and it is the right time of year, if only a single dot in the sky.

  • Charles Hines
    Charles Hines15 hari yang lalu

    DLSR is just a misspelling. Bogus products have little or no documentation and misspellings in it and on the packaging frequently. A misspelled word does not necessarily mean a scam or junk item, it is just a sign that something may be wrong when there are many of them.

  • Gordon Lawrence
    Gordon Lawrence15 hari yang lalu

    There is one other thing you didnt cover. IE there is a fundamental limit to angular resolution which is a function of lens diameter. The Reyliegh Limit also depends on wavelength. For visible light 600nm is about the green/yellow transition. Wiki has a page on it but there are far better explanations elsewhere though more complex.

  • ericbazinga
    ericbazinga15 hari yang lalu

    I just got an ad for a fast charger called the Multivoltz, which claims to fully charge 4 devices at once in 15 minutes while also repairing battery degredation. They frame it like one of those "dirty secrets big tech doesn't want you to know about". Figured you'd be interested in that and could definitely put it to the test. Lemme know what you think!

  • IceDragonGamer
    IceDragonGamer15 hari yang lalu

    Dam it I bought one how do you get your money back

  • Aljoscha Long
    Aljoscha Long15 hari yang lalu

    That these scams are legal is speaking volumes about the legal system. Very funny: Right beside this video there was an add of this company.

  • Octavius Antonio
    Octavius Antonio15 hari yang lalu

    Very good lol !!!

  • paulspydar
    paulspydar15 hari yang lalu

    I saw the starscope add here before the video

  • William Heyman
    William Heyman15 hari yang lalu

    Thank you very much. Good work. That saved a lot of time, sweat, tears, frustration, banging of things, swearing at inanimate objects, and trying to explain this poor choice of things to my wife, my children, my dog, and having to throw the carton in the trash and have the garbage men laugh at me.

  • markahanna1


    14 hari yang lalu

    Amen, brother

  • reigels
    reigels15 hari yang lalu

    If you pay 10 cents for a diamond ring, you just bought a diamond ring that isn't worth a dime.

  • Mikey Mike76
    Mikey Mike7616 hari yang lalu

    Being the year 2021 I was hoping it was real, hell ,we are in the future guys!!

  • Mikey Mike76
    Mikey Mike7616 hari yang lalu

    Oh and it was 150$

  • Mikey Mike76
    Mikey Mike7616 hari yang lalu

    I just found out it is a scam, I wish I had seen your video before trying to purchase, I purchased with a debit card ,it went through and back and through and back and through and back, what the hell

  • Glen Cheney
    Glen Cheney16 hari yang lalu

    The British Privacy Commission want to ban it. No such organisation

  • Andy Lewis
    Andy Lewis16 hari yang lalu

    Yep, wish I had seen this before I bought one, it was the inferred/implied none existent zoom that jarred me off the most, together with the 40x magnification that turned into a 10x magnification.

  • C E
    C E16 hari yang lalu

    They are junk, i bought two on amazon at two diferant times and returned them both...I could see better with my own eye's than with these junk made hyped up trash that they are.

  • bob Mathews
    bob Mathews16 hari yang lalu

    Great video exposing the fraud. Thanks!

  • Mfowl777
    Mfowl77716 hari yang lalu

    Ken, you need to look at Vinta's RS-1. I looked at their website and ads all over FB/YT. They definitely have some red flags that you've pointed out that seems to have hallmarks of a scam. I'm sure everyone has seen those ads at some point.

  • Eugene Labuschagne
    Eugene Labuschagne16 hari yang lalu

    This is absolute junk.....don't buy it!!!! Lucky if you get 2x magnification... major scam

  • Paul Pritty
    Paul Pritty16 hari yang lalu

    Do you realise that the X stands for 'times'? Did you learn your ten ex table at Bob Hoskins University?

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    WRK141USN16 hari yang lalu


  • Doggeslife
    Doggeslife16 hari yang lalu

    The only thing sadder than this scam are the people who fell for it. COMMON SENSE LOGIC: If it's better than a professional camera, they why aren't professional photographers using it?

  • Matt D
    Matt D16 hari yang lalu

    Got an ad for the star scope right beside this lol