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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


Celestron Nexstar 5SE - nearly new

June 30th 2022

Abingdon AS has been contacted to see if any of our members or list subscribers would be interested in a Celestron Nexstar 5SE. The owner is seeking to sell it following the demise of their spouse. It was used very rarely because of setting up difficulties. With assistance they did see the Moon and Saturn once pre-Covid. As it is virtually brand new, the seller, who is in Wallingford, is thinking in terms of asking £500, which seems to be what they are offered for on UK Astro Buy an ...Continue Reading

10 inch Dobsonian Telescope being given away for free

June 22nd 2022

Hi All,My wife and I are moving home on 15th July, and there is no storage space in our modest-sized bungalow.Hence, I am giving away my 10 inch Dobsonian teescope for free.If anyone is interested, please contact me by email or by telephone on 01235-819920.Best regards,Andrew Steel ...Continue Reading

Beginners meeting

June 19th 2022

Our last meeting of the session is tomorrow night Monday 20th June starting at 20:00. This is a beginners meeting and talks will include Observing planetary nebulae and a beginners guide to spectroscopy. We then have a two month break starting again in September. This is a physical meeting a the usual venue. Owen ...Continue Reading

Fwd: Interstellar Studies Summer Course

June 13th 2022

News of an online summer course that may be of interest. Chris H -------- Forwarded Message -------- Subject: Interstellar Studies Summer Course Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2022 10:28:12 +0100 Dear Abingdon Astronomical Society Interstellar Studies Summer Course Human Exploration of the Far Solar System and on to the Stars The Limitless Space Institute has commissioned the Initiative for Interstellar Studies to create a new course ...Continue Reading

ATOM Science day

June 12th 2022

My thanks to all those who helped out at the ATOM Sconce day in Abingdon yesterday (Donna, Bob, Ian, Jason and unfortunately although Clifford got Covid he was there in spirit with his images).  My thanks as well to Chris for helping make the new posters. We had a very successful day, even though it was interrupted by some cycle race 😊. As usual a lot of interest from young girls which never seems to translate once they get older. Owen ...Continue Reading

RE: Re: Noctilucent cloud

June 12th 2022

Yep saw that 😊 Unfortunately I could not get any images of it because there are houses blocking that view from the garden and the windows open the wrong way ☹ Owen *From:* aasmail@PROTECTED <aasmail@PROTECTED> *Sent:* 12 June 2022 10:35*To:* Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List <aasmail@PROTECTED>*Subject:* [aaslist] Re: Noctilucent cloud  From: bobdryden@PROTECTED There was a very good display of noctilucent cloud this morning. First I've seen this season. ...Continue Reading

Re: Noctilucent cloud

June 12th 2022

There was a very good display of noctilucent cloud this morning. First I've seen this season. Appeared about 03.00am and reached up to about 25/30 degrees altitude. One very bright band with many swirls and waves around it. Lost it about 3.20 when some normal cloud moved across the north. Bob ...Continue Reading

June Meeting

June 11th 2022

Just a quick reminder our last main meeting of  the season  is on Monday 13th June at 20:00 at the United Reformed Church hall. The speaker will be Dr Peter Hatfield of the University of Oxford on  A Leap in the Dark – The interdependence of Galaxies and Dark Matter. Hope to see you there. Owen ...Continue Reading

Re: ATOM Festival Science Market

May 25th 2022

Thanks Jason.  Cheers, Ian On 25 May 2022, at 15:28, Jason Hopkins hopkinsjason7@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List] <aasmail@PROTECTED> wrote:  From: hopkinsjason7@PROTECTED Hi Ian, I can also help all day if required. Regards, Jason On Wed, May 25, 2022 at 10:22 AM Ian Smith ian@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List] <aasmail@PROTECTED> wrote: __ From: ian@PROTECTED Thanks Clifford.  Cheers, Ian On 25 May 2022, at 08:58, clifford Marcus cliffordastro@PR ...Continue Reading

Re: ATOM Festival Science Market

May 25th 2022

Hi Ian,I can also help all day if required.Regards,JasonOn Wed, May 25, 2022 at 10:22 AM Ian Smith ian@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List] <aasmail@PROTECTED> wrote: __ From: ian@PROTECTED Thanks Clifford.  Cheers, Ian On 25 May 2022, at 08:58, clifford Marcus cliffordastro@PROTECTED [Abingdon Astronomical Society Mailing List] <aasmail@PROTECTED> wrote:  From: cliffordastro@PROTECTED Yes, I can help all day or as required. ...Continue Reading