Well, with qualifiers. Two eyepieces, a Vite 23mm with 62 degree field, the Meade a Super Plossl LP 26mm with a 50 degree FOV. The scope was a small, 90mm Meade ETX with an f/15 focal ratio, very forgiving of eyepiece sins. Also, we know that the Vites are pretty horrific at the edge in fast f-ratio telescopes. But centrally, considerably better resolution than the Meade showed. At the edge at f/15, very little to distinguish the two, the usual simple eyepiece issues. In my opinion, if you are looking at planets, you could do notably worse than the Vites. Currently, they only make a 23mm, 10mm and 4mm but at about $28.00 for THREE of them they are a good deal, with a longer f.ratio scope. Plus, they are very light (plastic and aluminum construction) so are less prone to fogging when cold. As to why they are good centrally, it could be that optical engineers have refined some aspect of production so that molded plastic or hybrid (fused plastic-glass elements) are easier to make than griding and polishing glass. Advancements in camera lenses show this as well.
Edited by RichA, 25 February 2018 - 01:28 AM.