This is one of many images from Tuesday morning, watching Venus rise in the east just after 4am and Jupiter already well up in the southeast.20090526-06-640

We went out that morning specifically because Neptune was within 1/2 degree of Jupiter. But as you can see in the above image, it is not detectable. So we put the camera on our 20cm telescope, took some more images and still nothing.

Finally, we took the best image, stretched it to *#$_)@# and beyond and got this: a fuzzy splotch of Neptune on the top at Magnitude 7.9, Jupiter overexposed in the middle and a mag 6 star Mu Cap to the right.