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StarScope Monocular Scam

Here’s yet another product scam that apparently lots of people are falling for. This one isn’t quite as egregious as the “10-300x40mm Super Telephoto Telescope” we warned you about previously, but it’s still full of deception. Despite the false claims of military-grade magnification, better than $3000 Telescopes! and …will give you the power of a $4000 DSLR in your pocket, it’s just an ordinary low-end Chinese-made monocular. Note that it’s claimed to be 12x50mm, but the exterior diameter is 53mm, and with the thickness of the objective cell, body, and rubber covering, the objective lens itself could be no more than 42mm. The exit pupil diameter is listed at 3mm, which if correct means it’s actually 12x36mm.
They’ve even created a number of fake review websites, such as “Best Honest Reviews“, which asks the question StarScope: The REAL DEAL Or Just Another SCAM?, but sadly, concludes with the wrong answer.
Here’s another website called “Top Reviews Daily“, with a fake reviewer named Douglas Jones. Douglas is a gadget lover. He has two sons aged 7 and 16. Douglas loves good wine and stand-up comedy.

While Douglas doesn’t appear to be a real person, the claims for the StarScope could be a stand-up comedy routine. Here’s a sample (I’ll be the heckler)-
Douglas: The team behind this amazing product was tired of carrying around heavy, expensive monoculars and binoculars with their huge bulk. And because they have the skills, they created a brand new monocular that is both easy to carry around and affordable.
Me: Ah, they have the skills! “Girls like guys who have skills” (Napoleon Dynamite voice).
Douglas: Because technology was advancing so fast, the team behind StarScope Monocular used modern CNC equipment, optical programs on the fastest computers, and high-tech designs to create a reasonably-priced telescope that was as good as those from the most expensive brands.
Me: Fast technology, fast computers- and the skills!
Douglas: StarScope Monocular is a success beyond its creators wildest dreams. It is now being offered to perfectionists who appreciate quality…
Me: I’m a perfectionist that appreciates quality. I don’t appreciate this.
Douglas: Perhaps the finest monocular ever built, it can be handheld or mounted to a tripod for more stability. It comes with a built-in tripod socket, perfect for mounting to a camera or for long term observation!
Me: The finest ever built- yet it doesn’t even use expensive ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass. It’s a miracle!
Douglas: The StarScope Monocular team wants to get its awesome telescope out to people who will tell others about it, and that’s why they are offering such an AMAZING DEAL!
Me: When buyers tell others about it, this scam will be over.
Douglas: The magnified viewing of StarScope Monocular has been tested, and found to equal or exceed the zoom and photo quality produced by some of the most expensive brands on the market.
Me: But StarScope doesn’t zoom or take photos- your phone does that!

Gotta admit, Douglas is pretty funny! I bet you’re LOL right now too- unless you already ordered one of these?

Conclusion: The price for the StarScope “special offer if you buy now” is around $57. While this is pretty high for the low-end Chinese 12×36 monocular that it is, it’s not a complete rip-off. While the claims for the StarScope are ridiculous, it should function as well as, but no better than, other sub-$50 monoculars.

22 Replies to “StarScope Monocular Scam”

    1. Michael Guernsey says:

      Any of the comments that are positive in nature on the Starscope web page or anywhere else are false and probably created by the company. This one will probably be taken down. The reason I say that is because this is a monumental example of false advertising. The thing I really was hoping for was the great magnification they show. Odd thing is…there is NO, NONE, NADA, ZILCH such function. 10x magnification is all there is. Total, complete scam. Don’t buy it.

    2. Trig says:

      I nearly fell for it. Ad said 60% off for a certain price which is what i can get it for at Amazon without a reduction. I thought it might be a different company making a fake ad but, no, its the same company thats selling the monocular everywhere. They rekon its not a scam to use stolen zoom video from a Nikon camera with five times the zoom lololol. No legit company will say that is acceptable practice

  1. Michael says:

    the people who have been conned into buying this will not post any reviews as they will be too ashamed to admit they bought one.

    1. Liam Bauress says:

      Wrong! I’ve just received the Starscope. I’ve been scammed. At least it magnifies ten times.

  2. Steve says:

    The photo of Douglas is actually from an online image bank:-


    Upload the image to Google Image Search and see what you find.

    Don’t be conned!!!

  3. Brian says:

    Bought 3, what a line of crap. See miles away. Barely saw my a car down the street. No attachment for iPhone. Do not buy. Just got conned. Now will try and get refund.

    1. Gary Storm says:

      Scam I ordered mine on van Feb 6/2021 they keep changing phone numbers. Old numbers are disconnected.

  4. Dennis Feick says:

    One interesting thing about the “zoom” was that the objects were crystal clear with no
    enlarged pixels, which would have resulted from a camera at full optical and digital
    magnification. That is not misrepresentation, it is pure fraud.

  5. Chaz says:

    I agree this thing is a piece of junk and they tell you when you try to cancel it has already been shipped and then arrives 2 months later. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY!

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  6. Reg Bowie says:

    Purchased this thing in January still have not received it.

  7. Ed Bancroft says:

    This telescope was a piece of junk. I wish I had never ordered it.

  8. sean lester says:

    bought 2 of these, advertising 50% of on YouTube that was the last i saw of my money or 2 starscopes

    1. CP says:

      My husband ordered from an ad on YouTube too, he received it approximately two weeks later, maybe less. I guess it didn’t take long since they sent it from CA where we live. You will receive yours but it’s a piece a junk.

  9. I saw this advert too and really wanted to buy it. I am aware that if something sounds too good to be true it usually isn’t true so I thought I was being careful and read reviews. I read reviews on 3 different, apparently unrelated sites and it sounded great so I went ahead and ordered 3 as it was such a good deal I thought my sister and niece would love it too. The site said it will be delivered within 3 -7 days. It said I would get an e mail confirmation when the order was processed and another with tracking details when it was shipped. 3 weeks later and I had not received anything but they had had my money for 3 weeks. I hadn’t even received the confirmation and started to worry it was a scam l. I phoned them and was told that the 3-7 days was not correct and that it was actually 10 – 15 days, but as I pointed out it had already been longer than that. She then added there was a maximum of 30 days. The most annoying thing was that she could not tell me when it would be shipped. I received the confirmation that day but after a total of 33 days I had still not received the dispatch e mail so I phoned to cancel my order. They offered me a 30% reduction to continue with the purchase but when she still couldn’t say when it would be dispatched I said no. She then said she had just opened an e mail saying most of their backlog of orders were now being dispatched. I still said no as by then I didn’t trust them. My money is supposed to be refunded within 10 days so they have 4 days left to do it. After I saw other adverts for it even cheaper I started to doubt whether it was any good anyway. I revisited the review sites. The first one, I noticed part way through the review, on more than one occasion said “we” instead of “they”. Also they sounded more like an advert than a review. Then I saw this video explaining why it’s a scam. They must have at least 3 fake review sites. I don’t understand why they haven’t been stopped.

  10. P Wynne says:

    Similar to the last comment, I had to wait 3 months for the thing to arrive,. with all the discounts and promises as per the above. During the wait I saw a guy on Youtube doing a review and rubbishing hell out of it, I thought “UH OH” maybe I should have looked into it a bit more! But it looked so good, and I was so stupid! The Starscope is a total joke – I could by the same thing (maybe better) in any market in Asia for $4.00. I hope the guys a Starscope are well pleased with their little enterprise – buying a container load from China and with clever marketing, unselling at 10,000 % profit. Well done!!

  11. CP says:

    DO NOT BUY!! My husband ordered one two weeks ago and he received it today. It is a total scam! Luckily, he only got it for half the price, $49 😅😣. It’s missing the part that attaches to the phone and even more disappointing was that he could hardly see something less than a block away from our window. No receipt or phone number included, the return address is a P.O. Box in CA. My husband didn’t ask me for advice before he ordered, I would never let him buy it without researching first.

  12. John D says:

    UK Trading Standards are looking into this Company and 1000% Scam, please everybody do not buy one, it is NOT as advertised and is ONLY 10x Magnification (most binoculars are that or better). I have a FULL Transcript from a chat line from the San Diego Company which is very interesting reading. If you also bought one you then have to at your own expense send it back to the USA as you will not be happy but now it costs you even more. Total Con/Scam and false advertising/Miss led, compensation claims will be sought via the USA and The USA Government who are also looking into this Company.
    John D , MD D CEO CIC

  13. Dil S. says:

    You should not buy this, listen to all of the other people, this is a scam.

  14. Loren says:

    One of my coworkers fell for this, luckily he only bought one, took months to get and he quickly realized what a falsehood they made. He gave it to me to give it to my 7 yo grandson for his BD.

  15. James A Schoeff says:

    If you want a cheap monocular that’s exactly as good as the “Starscope” you can buy one online for $15.00. If you want a high-quality real monocular be ready to spend $300.00 to $500.00. And even at those prices, the very best monoculars can’t do what these people claim the Starscope monocular can do. Do not fall for this scam.

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