We have automated the ``Synthetic Field Method'' developed by Gonzalez et al.(1998) and used it to measure the opacity of the ISM in the Local Group dwarf galaxy Sextans A by using the changes in counts of background galaxies seen through the foreground system. The Sextans A results are consistent with the observational relation found by Cuillandre et al. (2001) between dust opacity and HI column density in the outer parts of M31.
The Dynamics, Structure & History of Galaxies: A Workshop in Honour of Professor Ken Freeman
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