The name is Davide (but you can call me David) and I'm from Italy.
If it's about thermal cameras...well...I'm a veteran. They're my specialty. I owned two devices: Seek Thermal Reveal XR 9 hz and FLIR Scout III 320 60 hz. In the future, I'd like to replace the Scout with an Armasight by FLIR Prometheus 320. In my opinion, integrated battery is not a good investment.
If it's about i2...let me put it this way: as I said, I'm Italian. I own a pair of Armasight by FLIR Nyx7 Idi goggles (let's call them a lightweight, civilian version of the Army/Navy PVS7). Even if I Dream about them, I can't and I don't want to buy GEN 3 devices. But I love military history - especially when night vision is involved - and, because of various technical/tactical reasons, I do strongly believe in GEN 3 prohibitionism. Stolen devices of this grade of technology are already causing troubles to regular troops in the Middle-East (talibans managed to stole them). For international safety purposes, nobody outside of NATO should have the opportunity to buy them.
Apart from that, I don't have much hours of experience with image intensifiers.
With my special equipment, I enjoy exploring the hidden face of the world: the darkness.
In my case, it can be a dangerous experience: I'm alone (there's nobody with those passions) and I can't travel around with weapons. That's Italy...
During my night hikes, I love to observe wild animals, however, strangely enough I did never had an encounter with wolves, bears or wild boars.
Dear Mr and Mrs Nite Walker, since you are far more experienced than me, how do predators/potentially dangerous beasts react to night vision devices? I mean...if I don't hike with a flashlight, animals might be not prepared for the encounter and, should they suddently spot me, they might become aggressive.
Thanks in advance...now I feel less loney about night adventures with night vision!