That's what I've noticed with my Stowaway comparing with my Orion 80mm F6.
The Orion is really nice little scope, and on the best nights it does very well indeed. But I do find myself cranking power on the Stowaway, and not realizing until after the fact how I've gone a lot further than I otherwise would have expected to.
Same principle applies with reflectors. Similar effect with an 8" F7 reflector. I'm having struggles with the cell for my 12.5", playing around on Jupiter last night I was finding about 200x is as good as I could get, and attributed it to the seeing.
Then I swap to the 8" and I'm doing 330x on Jupiter two minutes after setting up (shaddow transit plus GRS last night was nice!).