Until now, the science of exoplanet detection has been the domain of the professional, with equipment that was paid for by a conglomerate of countries. It is a fairly recent thing that amateurs have attempted to do exoplanet detection. The famous planet hunting space telescope Kepler has confirmed detections of several hundred exoplanets, and it is this which I will be using as a primer for my own work down the line.
As I mentioned earlier, the telescope has a very long focal length (of about 3m) which makes pulling an image to focus on the CCD a real challenge. its taken a number of nights of head scratching and 'going back to the drawing board' to get a first image.
From this point, I intend to refine the exposure of the CCD, and to attempt basic photometry, on some variable stars as another preliminary activity, before moving on to the exoplanet work.
It is my intention to report on this as time goes on.