My alternative was to focus on faster period stars so I settled on the moderately faint W Ursae Majoris. Not only did this star meet the faster period requirements I wanted (8 hours) but during the winter it was also high in the sky and would be up all night.
It took about a month to finally get some clear skies but after I found some decent skies the actual data gathering was quite quick. After two consecutive Saturday evenings I was able to gather enough data to produce this light curve:
However before I get to into this next project I need to see if my camera is up to the task. For W UMa binary stars the change in brightness is around 0.50 - 0.75 magnitudes. For extra-solar planets the most I can expect is around 0.0030 magnitudes. I'm not convinced that change in brightness will actually be above the noise level of the camera's sensor. So next up will be the test of the noise levels of the Canon T3i.