Kenyon Information

Here is some information from Ron and Bobby at the Kenyon Factory.

Some gyro language differences:
Movie Gyro European Other
Tilt Pitch X-Axis Hobby Horse
Pan Yaw Y-Axis Fishtail
Horizon Roll Z-Axis

It is recommended that the gyro stabilizer is half the weight of the camera. I feel that if you support and control the combined camera and gyro around their combined center of gravity (CG) you will get the best stabilizing effect.

Placing a second gyro vertically with the first inline with the axis of the lens does two things. First, it gives roll stability. Second, it doubles the tilt/pitch/X axis stability as the second wheel of the second gyro is lined up with the tilt gyro of the first gyro.

The integrity of the helium system is also dependent upon an exterior epoxy coating seal. You must be careful tapping new or larger holes into the aluminum gyro casting. I would use the KS-4 nameplate mounting holes for attaching a lightweight plate for an ultra-light weight mount for a camera. If you do drill and tap onto the gyro body, be very careful, you could create a leak for the helium.

If doing electrical repair, follow factory instructions about being careful near the brass helium fill tube.

Two gyros can be run with one cable, if you rewire the gyros with short cables and use a WYE adapter at the end of one cable. (The inverter has to be large enough for 2 gyros.)

Consider buying a larger inverter in case you add a second gyro or buy a larger gyro later. See the Kenyon web site about choices.

The KS-4 is more prone to create 400 Hz interference.Using shielded wire grounded to the gyro frame will help reduce interference. 400 Hz is very problematic with sound systems. I have found surplus 400 cycle filters but have not tried them yet.

Kenyon says it is okay to use 14-volt batteries that have more voltage right off charge.

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