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    Re: The Big Sextant Manufacturers
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 Oct 23, 10:15 -0400

    Bauer discusses this question in
    his Sextant Book, and says he has seen
    On Tue, 23 Oct 2007, Clive wrote:
    > Does anyone know if any Left Handed Sextants were made? It seems to me that
    > a normal right-handed person would prefer to hold the sextant in his left
    > hand so that his right had could write down the readings.
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "Nicol�s de Hilster" 
    > To: 
    > Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:08 AM
    > Subject: [NavList 3504] Re: The Big Sextant Manufacturers
    > jean-philippe planas wrote:
    > > In France we had POULAIN (from Montrouge) sextants which were a good
    > > design with surprising legs on both side wich enabled to store the
    > > sextant in its transit box in a position where you could directly grab
    > > it by the handle for use. It enabled to store it "upside down with
    > > respect to almost any other brand.
    > Those 'surprising legs' can also be found on most surveyor's sextants.
    > The surveyor's sextants have an additional handle that screws into the
    > normal handle perpendicularly and makes it easier to take horizontal
    > angles. With the additional handle in place it is not possible to lay
    > down the instrument in a normal way (e.g. with the handle down) and that
    > is why the additional set of legs was introduced. The Observator I own
    > even has one of these legs right in front of the telescope, which is
    > quite odd. You will find it on my web-site:
    > http://www.dehilster.info/instrumenten/sextantgeodetic/index.html
    > Nicol�s
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