>> "What has changed since:"
Recently the REFL path has been rearranged after I touched it just before Thanksgiving.
If the lenses on the optical table is way too much tilted, this astigmatism happens.
This is frequently observed as you can find it on the POP path right now.
Also the beam could be off-centered on the lens.
I am not sure the astigmatism is added on the in-air table, but just in case
you should check the table before you put much effort to the in-vacuum work.