Photo strobe and optoisolator

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Joined Nov 11, 2011
I am attempting to trigger a strobe, ultimately using an Arduino. I am using a 4n26 optoisolator to keep from frying my board. To test how things might work, I have attached the input of the opto to a battery pack and the strobe to the output. When I power on the strobe, the optoisolator closes the circuit, regardless of what I have on the input. I checked my understanding by measuring the output and finding that the opto's "switch" closes as I expected.

Can someone nudge me into a direction that might help me get over this hump?