In this post I'll go into a little of what I go through to get my shots looking the way they do. I'll show the beginning and end of the edit so you can understand the post work that goes into photographing the milky way and the panorama aspect of it.
On this pano it is actually 66 images stitched together in photoshop ( 3 vertical rows). Since this is so many I chose to use Adobe Lightroom to process the images simply because it's faster. Once I've edited them to my liking (white balance, color, contrast, and lens distortion) I'll export the images as psd files. Once that is done I go into photoshop and stitch them together. That process alone takes 30-40 minutes with 66 images, on average it's about 10-15 minutes. Below is what the stitched image first looks like -