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    SNOT design. Was: Why is a sextant like it is?
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2004 Nov 18, 15:33 -0500

    Dear Chuck:
    >Add to
    >that if the handle were on the opposite side as now,
    >the arm would have to
    >be in the back between the legs.
    >Otherwise the handle would have to span the
    >entire front to avoid interfering with the arm.
    >This would add weight to the sextant.
    This message made me inspect my SNO-T again,
    and I found an interesting thing.
    Its design is very different from the conventional one.
    You can see this in many web photographs on e-bay.
    In most traditional sextants, the arm moves
    "in front of" or "above" the frame.
    In SNO-T (and Freiberger) it moves "inside" the frame.
    The frame is of "two layer" construction.
    And the arm moves between these two layers.
    This is very different from the C.Plath-type
    (Tamaya, Astra, SNO-M) and British
    sextants I know.

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