All: A few nights ago, I had my telescope (14 in dob with 50mm Russell eyepiece; 32X with my scope) pointed at Jupiter. I live in a light polluted area (Long Island, NY). I "think" I was able to count at least 7 moons. Or, they looked like they could be moons and did not look like stars to me. I have viewed the 4 Galilean moons many times, but this was different. So my question, did I see a few of the smaller moons this time or was I looking at stars in the background?
Only 4 may have been the moons, and you would know which ones when using sufficient magnification because they are obviously disks in that aperture. 32x won't show that, but they are so bright and aligned in such a way right now that it is hard to mistake a star for one of them.
The others you saw were stars, especially in NYC metro. The other Jovian moons all require darker sky, large aperture, and considerable effort to find/identify and observe.
p.s. A 50mm eyepiece is an unusual choice for a 14" f/4.5 Dob. The exit pupil would be around 11mm. Some/many will have trouble with seeing the central obstruction or a considerably darker central field with such a large exit pupil, particularly on a bright target or in bright sky. I can understand doing it if it provides your widest true field of view, even though effectively you were likely observing with 9" of aperture or less.