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This mailing list is for email discussions of astronomical topics and the exchange of messages, notices of meetings and events organised by Abingdon Astronomical Society and others, and astronomical news between members of Abingdon Astronomical Society.

Privacy Policy:

AAS Privacy Policy, Issue 0.2, 27/10/2019

What personal data does Abingdon Astronomical Society (AAS) collect? The data we routinely collect includes members’ names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. We also collect the names and some contact information for visitors to meetings that are prospective members. We collect these data directly from our members when they join the club or are prospective members attending their first meeting.

For some of our members we may have additional information such as committee memberships. For all members we maintain data on whether they have paid their AAS subscription.

How does AAS use these data? We use members’ data for the administration of your membership and communicating with members of concerning membership and our events.

Do we share your data with other organisations? AAS does not share your data with any other organisations.

If you register with aaslist email mailing list, the data you share with the list will be subject to this privacy policy. Membership of aaslist is optional and provides email discussions of astronomical topics and notices of meetings and events organised by AAS and others. When you apply to join the aaslist mailing list your email address is supplied to the administrators of the list, who are members of the AAS Committee.

How do we collect your data? Data are collected from members when they join AAS and complete our subscription form. Data are collected from visitors when they enter their first meeting. Email addresses are also received via applications to join the aaslist list; although, in many cases, members will already have supplied this on joining AAS.

How is your data stored? Completed subscription forms are stored securely in the private homes of the AAS Treasurer and/or Secretary.

Members’ data in electronic form are stored on the personal computers of the AAS Treasurer and Secretary, which have Internet security and anti-virus measures in place. No data are stored remotely except the data provided to the optional aaslist mailing list, which is stored on the UK servers of fasthosts.co.uk and subject to their GDPR policy.

Who takes responsibility for ensuring data protection compliance? We do not have a statutory requirement under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) to have a Data Protection Officer. The Committee of AAS is the Data Controller. The person who is responsible for ensuring that AAS discharges its GDPR responsibilities is the AAS Secretary.

Fasthosts.co.uk is a Data Processor of email addresses of AAS members and others who choose to join the optional aaslist email mailing list.

Who has access to your data? Committee members of AAS have access to members’ data in order for them to carry out their legitimate tasks for the AAS.

What is the legal basis for collecting these data? AAS collects data from members and prospective members that are necessary for the purposes of its legitimate interests as a membership organisation.

How can people check what data AAS holds about them? If you would like to see the name and contact data which AAS holds, you should contact the AAS Secretary.

You can contact us with a ‘subject access request’ if you would like us to provide you with any other information we hold about you. If you are interested in any particular aspects, specifying them will help us to provide you with what you need quickly and efficiently. We are required to provide this to you within one month.

There is not usually a fee for this, though we can charge a reasonable fee based on the administrative cost of providing the information if a request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, or for requests for further copies of the same information.

Does AAS collect any sensitive personal data? The GDPR uses the term “special categories of personal data” to indicate sensitive personal data. AAS does not record any such data.

Can you ask AAS to remove, limit or correct the data held about you? You could maintain your club membership with your correct name but with limited contact details. AAS needs to have at least one method of contacting you. You could for example simply maintain an up-to-date email address.

Alternatively, providing you supply your correct name, you can attend AAS meetings as a returning visitors and pay the returning visitor meeting charges.

If you find some aspect of the data AAS holds about you to be incorrect, please contact the AAS Secretary in person or in writing and ask for the data to be amended.

How long does AAS keep your data for and for what purpose? AAS keeps members’ data after their membership subscription runs out in case they wish to rejoin. However, we will delete any contact data for former members at their request or, in any case, after four years of lapsed membership.

What happens if a member dies? Once we have been told of the death of a member or recently lapsed member, by a relative or estate executor, we will delete the contact data we hold for them.

Where can members see this Privacy Policy? The AAS Privacy Policy will be shown on the AAS website. Paper copies can be provided by the AAS Secretary.

Chris Holt, Secretary, Abingdon Astronomical Society Date:

Archived Messages

 

Re: Sun in H alpha this morning

September 17th 2021

As a follow up, I have gone back to the same underlying data and have processed them with a simulated occulting disk to reveal three of the prominences on view in H-alpha on 7th September at 12:17 BST. Solar disk has had same 195 degree rotation applied as in last week's image. Chris H On 07/09/2021 17:45, Chris Holt chris.holt@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List] wrote: From: ...Continue Reading

Fwd: Events with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory: from the James Webb Space Telescope to Coding Workshops

September 17th 2021

News of forthcoming online events at RAL, Daresbury and ROE. Chris H -------- Forwarded Message -------- Subject: Events with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory: from the James Webb Space Telescope to Coding Workshops Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 16:46:22 +0000 Good afternoon, We hope that you are all keeping safe and well, and that you had a wonderful summer.   We are planning an exciting series of events over the autumn, and ...Continue Reading

Fwd: [Infofassocs] Brecon Beacons Dark Skies Festival 2021 24-26th September

September 17th 2021

News of a virtual star party from the Brecon Beacons - essentially a series of low price online talks over three days. Chris H -------- Forwarded Message -------- Subject: [Infofassocs] Brecon Beacons Dark Skies Festival 2021 24-26th September Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:42:34 +0100 To Events & Info List. Dear all Nick Busby the Chairman of USK Astronomical Society has sent the following details of the B ...Continue Reading

ROE virtual open days later in September

September 15th 2021

My attention has been drawn to virtual open days at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. They are on 25th and 26th September and further details are here: https://www.roe.ac.uk/vdod2021/ Chris H ...Continue Reading

Monday's talk.

September 15th 2021

A very interesting and informative talk to start the season.My thanks to Owen and the committee for organising this season's programme in these difficult times!Chris P. ...Continue Reading

Marlborough dark skies festival

September 11th 2021

Just in case you are interested there is a dark skies festival in Marlborough in late October. Details at Marlborough Dark Skies Festival (thelittleboxoffice.com) but it seems to feature many of the social media “stars” Owne ...Continue Reading

Fwd: Talking Science at RAL - September talk booking is open

September 7th 2021

News of a RAL Zoom talk later in the month. Chris H -------- Forwarded Message -------- Subject: Talking Science at RAL - September talk booking is open Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2021 13:13:35 +0000 Good afternoon I am happy to announce that bookings are now open for our September Talking Science lecture: FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER, 19:00 - A glowing report: Microbes & Space Radiation (suitable for ages 15+) by ...Continue Reading

Sun in H alpha this morning

September 7th 2021

An image of the Sun in hydrogen alpha from 12:17 BST today. The clear and stable conditions permitted this first reasonable image with my Sol'Ex digital spectroheliograph and a 135 mm f/2.8 prime lens, Hoya ND x 16 filter, 3x teleconverter and Celestron Neximage Burst M camera. They were piggy backed on to the 60 mm refractor with Herschel wedge and ND3 filter, acting as finderscope, on my Stellarvue M4 mount. 7109 frames of 1280 x 100 pixels, of 1.5 ms exposure and gain 100, from a 127 ...Continue Reading

Re: Perseid meteor

August 16th 2021

Hello!I cannot compete with your amazing photos but I put my Samsung to take a picture and I got one as I was sleeping outside at my dads house. Have a great week!CristinaSent from Yahoo Mail on Android On Sun, 15 Aug 2021 at 22:59, Chris Holt chris.holt@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List]<aasmail@PROTECTED> wrote: From: chris.holt@PROTECTED Thank you, David. I have much to learn about astronomical image processing, and y ...Continue Reading

Re: Perseid meteor

August 15th 2021

Thank you, David. I have much to learn about astronomical image processing, and your enhancement prompted me to look up how to do a nonlinear histogram stretch in gimp. It's possible and described here: https://remoteastrophotography.com/2020/01/performing-a-nonlinear-stretch-in-gimp , for any other gimp users amongst us. Chris H On 15/08/2021 13:40, David Warr david.warr@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List] wrote: From: ...Continue Reading

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