What I needed was a longer bar, the question is
where on the island could I find a cheap solution?
I finally found what I needed in one of the local DIY stores, an 18mm threaded rod about a meter long. In order to fit the retaining ring from the original counterweight bar I would need to cut down the end of the bar in order to make a M10 thread or the other option which Helen came up with was to drill and tap a M10 hole in the end and us a M10 bolt cut down to join the two pieces together.
Below is a photographic explanation of the modification. Enjoy :
Drilling downwards with the hand drill trying carefuly to keep the drill streight. The hole is only about 1/2 inch deep.
Moveing up to a bigger drill meant moving on to a different clamping method
The Hold drilled out to 8.5mm and ready for tapping
Helen tapping the hole to M10 thread
The hole tapped and ready to take the bolt
The mount fully assembled and balanced. On the whole the system works very well with the longer bar. The only down side is that after a slew it can take a secound or to for the mount to settle due to vibrations in the counterweight bar.
Tried to do some observing this night but with lots of fast moving clouds and bad seeing ( very unusal for La Palma, but the weather has been funny here for a few weeks) it was almost impossible to get aligned and when I did it was very hard to see much anyway. But it was enough to convince me that the scope and mount combination would work quite well.