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    Re: sextant handle/legs on wrong side?
    From: Joe Shields
    Date: 1999 Sep 13, 09:21 EDT

    You mean all celestial navigators aren't left-handed?
    -- Joe (Lefty)
    > ----------
    > From:         Paul Hirose[SMTP:71202.2014@XXX.XXX]
    > Reply To:     Navigation Mailing List
    > Sent:         Monday, September 13, 1999 2:31 AM
    > To:   NAVIGATION-L@XXX.XXX
    > Subject:      sextant handle/legs on wrong side?
    >
    > Bruce Bauer's "The Sextant Handbook" brings up an interesting point I
    > never considered: a sextant handle on the right is on the wrong side
    > for right-handed people.  The sextant has to be transferred to the
    > left hand or dangled on a neck strap in order to write down the
    > observation.  He equates this to a right-handed baseball player
    > wearing a mitt on his right hand.
    >
    > Bauer once encountered a 1920s sextant with everything on the opposite
    > side from current practice.  It didn't feel at all uncomfortable to
    > hold in his left hand, he says.  I certainly never felt handicapped as
    > a lefty because I had to observe with the sextant in my right hand.
    > And yes, it IS nice to keep the sextant there while I'm writing!
    >
    > Another complaint Bauer has is that sextant legs are on the wrong side
    > too.  I.e., the handle is underneath when the instrument is resting on
    > its legs.  Putting the legs on the opposite side would let you pick it
    > up with one hand.  Also, the legs would provide some protection for
    > the delicate parts.
    >
    > Someone mentioned seeing a movie in which Kate Jackson put a sextant
    > down on its mirrors.  Do you think the lady was trying to tell us
    > something?
    >
    

       
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