A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2017 Feb 5, 17:25 -0800
If it's backwards then it's a right-handed sextant. The normal sextant is clearly designed for a left-handed user. At some point in the 19th century, via spontaneous symmetry breaking, the standard design became frozen with the minority chirality. It's the revenge of the southpaw navigator!
PS: Here's an off-topic image of left and right handed tetrahedral molecules --which I can't resist given today's topics of discussion about handedness and tetrahedral points. Meanwhile, at the very instant I was composing this message about Gago Coutinho, a friend texted and asked if I was watching Gaga. No relation that I am aware of.