So tonight, I got my first glimpse of Jupiter! I live in north Orange County, so obviously light pollution is an issue. Per the title of the post, I've got an 8" Celestron Evolution SCT and the Revolution Imager R2.
I was able to see some of Jupiter's moons, but Jupiter looked like a blob of white. No bands, red spot, etc. I know from looking at other posts that I should be able to see the bands and red spot of Jupiter if I'm doing things right.
Is this what I can expect from this camera? Any tips on settings adjustments? This is my first telescope, and probably my 8th time using it, so any tips would be appreciated. The tip may seem basic to you, but I'm green as can be when it comes to astronomy.
Not quite sure what you mean by "obviously light pollution is an issue". Light pollution is a total non-factor when viewing or imaging Jupiter.
You'll likely want to increase the viewing scale on your setup - not sure if you're using a barlow or eyepiece projection, but you want Jupiter to cover at least 200 pixels on the display for optimum viewing.
That in itself will result in the light being spread over a wider area, so the brightness will diminish slightly. Probably not enough to see detail, though. For that, you'll need to reduce exposure time and/or gain, as mentioned by others, above.
As also mentioned, fine focus requires a ton of patience, particularly if you have the stock focusing mechanism on your SCT.
Collimation should also be verified and tweaked, if necessary.
And the scope should be at ambient temperature, inside and out.
The difference between applying all of the above and skipping even one of them can be INCREDIBLE. This cannot be exaggerated.
And finally, you're at the mercy of the stability of the atmosphere - some nights/hours/minutes will be better than others.
Keep at it, though - I like where this might go.