Binary Maker 3.0 has now been released. This comprehensive revision of the widely-used Binary Maker 2.0 for DOS has been completely rewritten in Java so that it will run under platforms that support that language, i.e., Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Sun Solaris workstations.
What is Binary Maker 3?
Binary Maker 3 accurately calculates light and radial velocity curves for almost any type of binary, simultaneously displaying the theoretical and observed curves as well as a 3-D model of the orbiting stars. Professional quality PostScript output can be created of all the major displays. Additional functions include the capability of generating cross-sectional diagrams of the stars within their Roche surfaces, as well as the ability to calculate and display residuals between the synthetic light and radial velocity curves and the actual data.
The program comes complete with an extensive User Manual on the CD as well as a very complete Help system which explains not only how to use the program but also details how to analyze eclipsing binary light curves. Individual displays can be customized and saved to meet the user's needs. Starspot modeling, eccentric orbits and asynchronously rotating stars can also be accurately modeled.
Binary Maker 3 Features:
Above: Typical four-screen display of Binary Maker 3 showing the rapidly-rotating binary RZ Sct and its light and radial velocity curves.
Above: The displays are fully-customizable. Here the light curve window is enlarged for easy viewing for analysis.
Above: The surface outlines (inner and outer Lagrangian surfaces and stellar surfaces) for the overcontact binary AB And.
The following downloads regarding Binary Maker 3 are available in Adobe Acrobat PDF format:
Sample lab included with Binary Maker 3 (1.4 MB).
How do I purchase this program?
Binary Maker 3 costs $100.00 for a single user license (plus $6.00 for shipping & handling). Site licenses (30 users) are available for $500.00. Registered users of version 2.0 receive a discounted price of $75.00 (plus $6.00 for shipping & handling). Registered site license owners of version 2.0 receive a discounted price of $300.00 for a site license (30 users). The program may be ordered by contacting David H. Bradstreet by email at email@example.com or by snail mail at:
725 Stanbridge Street
Norristown, PA 19401-5505 USA
Payment may be in the form of personal checks and institutional purchase orders are welcome.
Comments on the program, including suggestions for further enhancements and features, are encouraged and can be emailed to Dave Bradstreet at the address below.
David H. Bradstreet
Dept. of Physical Science
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA 19087-3696
CALEB On-Line Database
The new version of Binary Maker 3 includes 228 sample binary star systems complete with parameters and observed data. These data sets are also on-line in the Catalog and AtLas of Eclipsing Binaries (http://caleb.eastern.edu/) and additional systems are being steadily added. Data sets can be downloaded and immediately read by Binary Maker 3.
For more information about Binary Maker 3, please contact David Bradstreet at firstname.lastname@example.org.