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    Re: French Sextant
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2004 Aug 4, 22:14 -0400

    Doug, allow me to suggest a speculation. Most people are right-handed,
    including navigators. Most people are also right-eye dominant, IIRC. So it
    would make sense to hold the sextant in the stronger arm, and use the
    dominant eye for viewing. Normal practice of leaving the "other" eye open
    for the wider view would then leave the left eye with an unobstructed field
    of view.
    Putting the handle on top WOULD make sense...but I think it would also
    impede normal use. Personally I don't find it is a problem, I just pick it
    up by the frame and then transfer it to my right hand. I suppose a set of
    extra legs could easily be added to the frame, i.e. to extend in the clear
    to the busy side of the sextant so it could be put down either way. But that
    of course would add more weight.

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