Abstract

A small, externally occulted Lyot-type coronagraph, designed for use in the seventh unmanned Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO-7), is described. Optical configuration, suppression of stray light, SEC vidicon detector, and data system are discussed, as well as integration of the instrument into the spacecraft and operation in orbit. Orbital operation produced daily images of the white light corona, from 2.8 to 10 solar radii, at least once per day for 2¾ yr. The first records of white light coronal transient events were obtained, and the corona was shown to be constantly changing.

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