Patent, Filed 4 Mar 91, patented 5 May 92,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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An apparatus for protecting the image recording media in a tracking camera from destructive illumination. The apparatus includes a shutter assembly mounted between the lens and the camera and a sensor assembly mounted in juxtaposition with the camera so that a sensor at one end of the tube in the sensor assembly detects destructive illumination before it impinges on the lens. The sensor causes a signal to be passed through circuitry connecting to the shutter assembly, activating a rotary solenoid which moves a blade to an interrupting position between the lens and the camera until no further destructive illumination impinges on the sensor. The shutter blade return to a non-interrupting position when the sensor no longer receives destructive illumination.