No idea how often we should have these threads, but I’m guessing it will become self evident.
Night vision gear: I goofed and bought a night vision rifle scope. It’s great, but not nearly as useful as night vision googles would have been. With night vision googles I could see around me much more easily than is possible simply from sweeping a rifle scope, and could still see iron sights if necessary.
The scope is gen 2, which is plenty good. I suspect a gen 1 scope would still be pretty good. No way would I spend the money for a gen 3 scope.
Solar generator: Lots to choose from, don’t know what’s best. I did it the hard way and built one from scratch. LOTS of work and did not save much money. (Learned a lot though!)
I’ve learned a bit about EMP since then, and decided to put the solar components in a Faraday cage. Unfortunately, the panels also need to be protected and I haven’t got that done yet.