I had assumed that the alignment subsystem was active due to the green light to the left of it. However I decided to click on it anyway... and.... bam KStars was pointing roughly where it should be! Image attached of how it looks before and after (bold is apparently on?).
Have tried another quick test from scratch, but clicked that after connecting and before syncing.. and things are happening! (yay!)
Is this alignment subsystem not active by default? And just a step I was missing?! Hopefully this helps others if they have a similar issue!