E-mail Privacy and Internet Policy Notice

The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club
Lucile Miller Observatory

About the Catawba Valley Astronomy Club and Lucile Miller Observatory E-mail notification List

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From our web pages or via your e-mail program, please provide us with a current, valid e-mail address.

The use of temporary "freebie" addresses that will expire soon is not recommended. If you wish to stay on the mailing list, please let us know if your email address changes.

The only information you must provide is a First Name, Last Name and Valid e-mail address

If you are using a spam blocker or other device that restricts e-mail, please allow the address astrocom11@earthlink.net. We will only respond to the spam blocker for permission one time.

Your information will be used only by The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club and Lucile Miller Observatory for the purpose of sending you notices of upcoming events, special opportunities, and special sky happenings. You can expect to receive information about:
Observing events at Lucile Miller Observatory
Public star gazes offered by CVAC and other clubs
Special guest speakers at club and other meetings
Regional astronomy gatherings and talks
Special events in the sky such as comets, auroae, rocket launches, eclipses and planetary viewings and alignments
Special astronomy related events offered through the Catawba Science Center.

If you wish to stop receiving messages from us, please reply to the message and put the words REMOVE in the subject line.

If you are using a firewall, proxy server, or program that looks for opt-out links (common on business e-mail systems), please set it to allow mail from astrocom11@earthlink.net. Our system will delete you from the mailing list if repeated attempts to send you our mailings are blocked.

Visits and inquiries to the website or e-mail do not automatically add your name to a mailing list.

We do not provide our e-mail list or any data to any other individuals, groups, or business, not even other astronomy groups.

If you change e-mail addresses please let us know, otherwise our system will drop you from the e-mail list if our messages are returned.

If you mailbox is always full, our system will drop you from the list.

Our messages are generally small.

We never send any attachments with our messages. If you receive a message from astrocom11@earthlink.net with an attachment (unless your mail server converts everything to attachments), do not open that message. Please notify us if you suspect the content of any of our messages. Our email addresses have been hijacked in the past .

We will provide web links to images and other large items rather than sending attachments.

Our messages may include links to web pages with information that may be of interest to you. Some of these links may be photos or local classified telescope ad pages.

Our system does not attach any kind of commercial advertisement in the message.

Your service might attach banner ads or other advertising taglines to our messages, we cannot control that.

Our mailing system does not use Outlook Express so the chance of getting a virus from us in one of our messages is very low.

Like everyone else, our email addresses have been hijacked by spammers in the past. If you receive an email that appears to come from a catawbasky.org address but does not contain astronomy information or contains advertisments, please ignore the message. We will now change our regular email addresses often to thwart spammers.

We scan for viruses at all times.

Requests to join our E-mail list that include gibberish or a website address for an email address will not be added. Hey spammers, a real person is looking at the email address you send, it is not automatically added.

We often receive classified ad notices of telescopes and other items for sale by area astronomers and closeouts from a telescope dealer we recommend in Burlington. These items will be on their own web page. We will send you the link to such web pages. These ads are a great place for a beginner to pick up a telescope or accessories.

Catawbasky.org is on the mailing list of many astronomical organizations. We sometimes will include information from those organizations in our mailings if they refer to a unique opportunity or special event. We will not send you routine mailings from other organizations. If you wish to receive mailings from other astronomy organizations, please visit that organization's website and subscribe to their service.

Signing up for the catawbasky.org mailing list will not add your name to the mailing list of any other organization.

The database that holds our mailing list is not on the internet and is therefore immune from hacking and viruses.

When contacting the club or observatory, please use the proper address so your message will get to the right person. See the section below about what to include and what not to include in your subject line and message.

Corresponding with catawbasky.org:

The use of e-mail links found on our web pages is the recommended way to send messages to catawbasky.org. You must have a valid working e-mail address to send messages from our web pages.

Messages sent to any address @catawbasky.org may be routed to more than one recipient within the club to ensure that someone will see and respond to your message.

The e-mail addresses @catawbasky.org are NOT the primary e-mail address for any club member or officer and are subject to reassignment at any time.

If you send e-mail to catawbasky.org by means other than our web page links (that is, using conventional e-mail tools) please make sure the subject line contains relevant information about why you are writing. Please note that:
If you message looks like spam, it will be treated like spam. Don't make your message look like spam!
Messages with blank subject lines will be automatically rejected.
Messages with gibberish, weird characters or foreign language in the subject line will be automatically rejected.
Messages with our usernames, initials, or e-mail addresses in the subject line will be automatically rejected.
Don't make your message look like an advertisement for a product or service.
We know your message is important, but if the only thing on the subject line is the word "Important", the message will be automatically rejected.
Messages with multiple layers of attachments will be automatically rejected. If you are a web-TV user who must send things this way, please send us a plain message with no attachments first to let us know what you need to send.
Do not forward anything that is not astronomy related to any catawbasky.org e-mail address.
Any kind of virus announcement - real or otherwise - will be automatically deleted. Thanks, but our virus scanner stays current with all the latest profiles.

Please send us a plain text message requesting permission before sending photos as attachments. Large unexpected photos can shut down our system. You may be directed to send photos to a different e-mail address.

Do not send the following to any e-mail address found on our web pages:
Jokes, cartoons, "You gotta see this" links, "optical illusions" links, or "stare at this picture" links
Political ads, we cannot support any candidate, cause, or lobby
Chain letters (anything with instructions that it be forwarded)
Urban legends, hoaxes, conspiracy theory, UFO's, horoscopes, or creationist propaganda (unless you want them to go on Jeff's Bad Astronomy Page!)
Anything unsolicited that was forwarded to you (usually with multiple layers of attachments)
Any attachment without getting permission from us first
Messages telling us your team is going to beat Maiden. We really don't care who wins, the sports people down here don't know we exist anyway.

Threats, threatening language, and attempted hacks to the website will be taken seriously and reported to the authorities. Comments, criticism, and dialog about the items presented on the WebPages is welcome as long as it stays on an intelligent level. Please do not tell us we are all going to hell because we do science and astronomy.

Do not include any catawbasky.org mailing address in materials that you forward to others.

Do not add any catawbasky.org e-mail address to any website without our permission. We will mail you an encoded version of our e-mail address that will be ignored by the spambots

You may add a link to www.catawbasky.org to you WebPages only with our permission.

We will be glad to add you links to our web pages if they are relevant to astronomy.

About The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club and Lucile Miller Observatory websites and pages at www.catawbasky.org

The webmaster of all pages at www.catawbasky.org is Jeff Whisenant. Please contact him with all your concerns about the website or e-mail.

Our websites do not put cookies on your computer. If you find cookies on your computer that point to our websites, please let us know.

We do not secretly gather ANY information about who visits our website. There is a visitor's counter that tracks visits to our main page. Our web host tracks what kind of computer systems access our websites but this information is hard to access and is of no real value to us. Somewhere, there is surely somebody tracking the traffic to our - and every other - website (your homeland security tax dollars at work!) We do not have access to that information and have no plans to get it.

Our web pages contain some small pieces of JavaScript code to handle images, searches, and updates. They do not gather information from users. You should enable your browser to use JAVA in order to take full advantage of our website features.

Visits and inquiries to the website or e-mail do not automatically add your name to our, or any other mailing list. If you want to join our mailing list, please use the opt-in links on the main CVAC and LMO pages.

Our web pages do contain links to other websites not associated with catawbasky.org. We include these links because we feel those websites provide information useful to astronomers. Other websites may contain advertisements, pop up windows, webbots, or interactive media. Other websites may put cookies on you computer. Some such websites are strictly commercial in nature and may charge a fee for certain services, access, or subscriptions. Inclusion of non-catawbsky.org links on our WebPages does NOT constitute an endorsement of the sponsors or content of those links.

We work hard to make sure our web pages do not contain any objectionable material.

If you find our websites blocked by some kind of filter, please let us know.

We do not consider the legitimate astronomical phrase "naked eye" objectionable. If you set your filters to block this phrase, you really need to loosen up!

Please let us know of any links that do not work or go to an objectionable site (this happens when a legitimate web address loses its registration and the address is picked up by an objectionable site.)

About The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club

The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club (CVAC) is a Non-profit scientific and educational organization.

We are funded by dues from our members and by the generous donations and memorial gifts from individuals.

We do not support any political candidate, issue, or lobby.

The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club supports in principal the efforts of the International Dark Sky Organization, The Planetary Society, The Catawba Science Center, other regional non-profit astronomy clubs, societies, and organizations, BoBfest, Bays Mountain Starfest, and Tri-Star.

The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club members provide volunteer assistance at The Catawba Science Center and the Millholland Planetarium.

The mailing address for CVAC is The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club, 1141 Fairview Street, Claremont, NC 28610

About The Lucile Miller Observatory

The Lucile Miller Observatory (LMO) is part of the Catawba County School System and is located on the campus of Maiden Middle School (the old High School) in Maiden North Carolina.

From the fiscal and legal standpoints, it is a completely separate entity from The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club (CVAC).

CVAC provides volunteers, time, and effort to provide the programs and maintain the equipment and facilities at LMO.

LMO receives no program funding from the school system.

The school system pays the light and water bill and mows the grass.

There is no paid staff at LMO and our volunteers from CVAC receive no financial compensation.

Funding for the upkeep and improvement of LMO comes from the generous donations of individuals.

Donations made directly to the Lucile Miller Observatory through the school system become property of the Catawba County School System and are not likely to be available for use by the observatory, in spite of your wishes or instructions!

Donations for upkeep to the observatory should be made to The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club LMO Fund.

Donations to the observatory will be maintained by CVAC exclusively for the upkeep, maintenance, and improvement of the program at the Lucile Miller Observatory.

Please contact the CVAC for information about donating to the Lucile Miller Observatory.

The mailing address for the Lucile Miller Observatory is Lucile Miller Observatory, 1141 Fairview Street, Claremont, NC 28610

There is no telephone at Lucile Miller Observatory.

About Links to Catawba Valley Astronomy Club Members Personal Web Pages, Favorite Pages, and Blogs

CVAC members may provide links to their own webpages or favorite web pages or blogs. The content of all such websites and blogs is beyond the control of CVAC. We include them as a service to our club members.

The views expressed on member links and blogs are exclusively those of the author and of the individuals linked to that page.

Members personal webpages, recommended pages, and blogs do not reflect the view or position of The Catawba Valley Astronomy Club, the Lucile Miller Observatory, or the Catawba County School System.

Comments about Members personal webpages, recommended pages, and blogs should be sent to the author via the links provided on that page.

About Our Presence on Facebook and Twitter

Please visit our and LIKE our CVAC Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/catawbasky. CVAC members can post photos to this page.

Our presence on Twitter is coming soon.